McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

  • Information for families: 

    The 2002 reauthorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. (Arizona Department of Education)

    If your family lives in any of the following situations: 

    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
    • On the street
    • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations 
    • Doubled-up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing

    Then your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. 

    You have the right to: 

    • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there
    • Continue in the school you attended before you become homeless or the school you last attended
    • Receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless 
    • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address
    • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and/or immunization records

    If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Please contact us in determining your eligibility for our programs. 

    Ivan Carvajal
    Community Education Director