McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines children and youth experiencing homelessness as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” This definition includes children and youth who have lost housing due to economic difficulties and are sharing the housing of others (doubled-up); living in motels, hotels, transitional or emergency shelters; or, whose nighttime residence is a place not normally used for housing. Migratory and unaccompanied children and youth whose living situation meets the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless are eligible for services under the Act as well.

Parents/guardians of children or unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness should discuss the situation with the Homeless Liaison so eligibility can be determined and services coordinated.

Contact Erin Laukhuf at (262) 843-2356 x410 or at for more information.

If your family lives in any of the following situations...





...your child may have the following rights:

  • Receive a free and 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 the needed documents

  • Enroll in the local school OR continue attending the school of origin

  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested

  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students according to the child's needs