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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act is a federal law that provides services to families and unaccompanied youth that live in a temporary situation due to loss of housing. The McKinney-Vento program addresses the barriers that homeless students have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

Under the act, schools must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same education as the students who are not homeless.

Who is eligible?

The definition of homeless is, according to the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. If any one of the three conditions listed below is missing, the child is considered homeless based on the current living situation.

Fixed: securely placed not subject to change or fluctuation.
Regular: is defined as consistent or habitual.
Adequate: is defined as meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments.

This act guarantees homeless children and youth the following:

  • Immediate enrollment
  • The right to attend the his/her school of origin
  • Transportation assistance
  • Immediate eligibility for free child nutrition
  • Services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including supplemental educational services.

For more information Contact:

Jessica Ariza
McKinney-Vento Liaison/Social Worker
Jubilee Academies: 210.333.6227 ex:10855
a: 4434 Roland Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78222