McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
Who is Considered Homeless?
The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for any who, due to lack of permanent housing, live in inadequate or temporary settings, such as:
- In emergency or transitional shelters
- In motels, hotels, or campgrounds
- In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
- Doubled up with relatives or friends
- In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth
- Unaccompanied Youth
For More Information, Contact
Virginia Department of Education
The College of William & Mary - SOE
P.O Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Toll-Free in Virginia 877-455-3412
Families should know:
Children lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing have the right to:
- Enroll or remain in school without a permanent address.
- Attend and enroll immediately even if unable to provide records required for enrollment.
- Remain in the same school (school of origin) even if you move.
- Go to school where child last attended or school where temporarily living.
- Transportation (to the extent feasible).
- Automatically qualify for free lunch programs.
- Participate in extracurricular activities and/or special education services if eligible.
- Written explanation and appeal if educational placement is denied.
School Social Worker
Homeless Education Liaison
School Board Policy