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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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