What are the rights of students identified under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act?
Students who are identified as homeless by the school district’s homeless liaison have the following rights from the point of identification.
- Immediate school enrollment: Even without proof of residency, guardianship, immunizations, or school records.
- School choice: Students may choose to stay at the school attended when permanently housed or to enroll in the school where currently living for the remainder of the academic year.
- Free lunches: Homeless students are automatically eligible to receive free lunch for the duration of the school year.
- School fee waivers: Students have the right to equal access to education.
- School supplies: Students have the right to have barriers to education removed. Required school supplies should be provided.
- Transportation: While students are actively homeless, transportation is provided for students residing outside of their school’s attendance area.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY): http://www.naehcy.org/
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE: http://www.serve.org/nche/
National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty: http://www.nlchp.org/
National Runaway Switchboard (800) 621-4000 or http://www.nrscrisisline.org
Housing and Urban Development: http://www.hud.gov/homeless/index.cfm
This Homeless Resources Web Page was created by Trisa Hosford January 2011.