McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides assistance to states to help them ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Consistent with the McKinney Vento Act, children experiencing homelessness are to be provided services comparable to those received by other students in the school they attend, including transportation services and education programs for which such students are otherwise eligible.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION
This program provides assistance to families meeting criteria for the McKinney-Vento Act implemented to ensure all students the right to an education regardless of their living situation.
The term “homeless children and youth” is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who are:
- sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, or similar settings
- living in emergency or transitional housing
- living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or substandard housing
Our department staff work in collaboration with campus staff and other departments to facilitate student access to:
- Nutrition Services
- Enrollment (Immediately)
- Transportation Assistance (School of Origin)
- Student Case Management
- School-Wide Programs
- Transition Planning
If you are experiencing homelessness and believe that you qualify for assistance under the McKinney Vento Act, please fill out the Student Residency Questionnaire.
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Housing and Shelter Resources
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FEDERAL LAW - MCKINNEY VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT
This federal legislation was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation ensures children and youth experiencing homelessness have immediate and equal access to public education.
STATE LAW – TEXAS EDUCATION CODE
All Texas public schools, charter schools, and education services centers, collectively known as local education agencies (LEAs), must follow federal rules concerning the education of homeless students. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights for homeless students.
- Federal Register – National Archives
- National Center for Homeless Education
- Dept. of Education – Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
- Dept. of Education Non-regulatory Guidance (Updated Aug. 2018)
- TEA Homeless Children & Youth Program
- Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth
STUDENTS AND PARENTS RIGHTS
- How is homeless defined under McKinney-Vento?
- What living situation is considered homeless under McKinney-Vento?
- What are the student rights under McKinney-Vento?
- How are students and families identified within our district?
- How long are students and families eligible to receive services?
- Who are the designated staff on campuses providing services to students/families through the Families in Transition program?
- How can students and families be referred for homeless assistance?
- Identification Tool for School Staff - Sample Identification tool that will provide increased awareness of possible indicators and risk factors of students and families experiencing homelessness.
- Homeless Students in Texas Public Schools
- TEHCY Directory of Homeless Liaisons
- Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youth
- FAQ Education Rights and amendments by ESSA