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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Under federal law, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protection for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness may be experienced in various ways. The McKinney-Vento definition includes youth sharing housing due to economic hardship, youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, and shelters, and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus stations, or similar settings. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students have the right to remain in their school of origin and are entitled to immediate enrollment, even if they do not have the records required for enrollment/registration.

McKinney-Vento Application - English

McKinney-Vento Application - Spanish

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McKinney-Vento Services

VCUSD has a foster and homeless youth liaison who is available to assist foster youth and students without permanent housing, and their families with school enrollment, and will work with families to address any barriers that students may be facing.

Additional services may also be available to foster and homeless youth:

  • Assistance with school supplies
  • Basic needs, such as clothing and hygiene items
  • Transportation
  • Free breakfast and lunch at school
  • Fee waivers
  • Assistance with school records transfers
  • Adjusted credit requirements for graduation

Homeless Assistance Act FAQ