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McKinney‐Vento/Homeless Education Information

Title IX‐Part A McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act‐Homeless Children and Youth 
All children have the right to a free, public education regardless of economic status or housing arrangement. If any of the following living descriptions apply to you or your student(s), they may be eligible for additional services provided by the district. 



The McKinney‐Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youths who are: 

  • Sharing housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled up”)
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
  • Living in emergency or transitional housing
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus, or train stations
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances previously mentioned
  • Unaccompanied youths living in circumstances previously mentioned (not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian)


Unaccompanied/Displaced Youth 

An unaccompanied or displaced youth is a homeless youth not residing with a parent or legal guardian. Some examples of situations that can lead to a homeless unaccompanied/dis-placed youth are as follows:

  • Incarcerated parent
  • Abandonment
  • Parents’ deportation
  • Parent(s) kicked the student out of the home
  • Parent(s) deceased
  • Parent(s) are homeless and the student must stay with someone else
  • Students who are couch surfing

Unaccompanied/displaced youth have the right to stay at their school of origin and may qualify for college grants through the FAFSA.

Liaison Responsibilities

  • Help with the enrollment process (including working with parents and schools to get missing documentation)
  • Provide school supplies and backpacks
  • Place student(s) on free breakfast/lunch
  • Provide hygiene products
  • Set up transportation for students living out of district
  • Connect parents with area resources
  • Set up EDP services for McKinney-Vento students as needed (before/after care)
  • Record keeping of students receiving McKinney-Vento services
  • Educate all school staff about the McKinney-Vento Act and district resources
  • Provide other resources as available
  • Assists Unaccompanied Youth with filling out the FAFSA

School personnel who can assist with students and information:

  • Counselors
  • Principals/Assistant Principals
  • School social workers
  • Nurses
  • Registrars/Enrollment staff

If you have a student that you think may be homeless, refer the student or parent to the Homeless Liaison. The Homeless Liaison will contact the family. The needs of the family will be determined. If the student is unaccompanied, the liaison will meet with the student to find out where he/she is staying and any other needs the student might have.

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See If You Qualify

If you believe you may qualify for the McKinney‐Vento program at Union Public Schools or have any questions, please contact one of the district liaisons: 

Myriam Puleo 

Erica Robbins