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McKinney-Vento Program for Homeless Youth

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
 
Defining Homeless
 
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition as: 

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park bench, etc.)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

 

These students are eligible for assistance such as school supplies and free school breakfast/lunch programs. 

For more information, contact your child's school counselor or Rebecca Albrecht at 559-4507 or email ralbrecht@cheneysd.org.

Additional  resources:

http://www.k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/pubdocs/School-Staff-Resource.pdf

http://www/k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/default.aspx

http://www.serve.org/nche/

http://www.schoolhouseconnection.org

http://www.naehcy.org/