Homeless Assistance

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act  (Click here for Spanish Version)

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; reauthorized by Title X, Part C of NCLB (1987)

The purpose of the McKinney-Vento is to provide assistance for students who meet the unique needs of homeless children and youth.  The act state that a child or youth is considered homeless if he or she “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”


In a shelter
In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
Your eligible children have the right to:
Receive a free, appropriate public education
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible
NOTE:  If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision
Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this
Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs
If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available.  There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.
LOCAL LIAISON:  Debby Skyler via phone at 865-982-6473
If you need further assistance with your children's education needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education: 1-800-308-2145, via email at homeless@serve.org, or online at www.serve.org/nche