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The 2015 reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a part of Every Student Succeeds Act legislation, mandates school districts to remove all barriers to the educational process for children experiencing homelessness.

In the United States, 1.3 million children are homeless any given night. The average age of an individual who is homeless is nine years old. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.

The term “homeless children and youth” refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This may include:

          •Children living in hotels, motels, campgrounds, emergency or transitional shelters, automobiles, hospitals, etc.         

          •Children and youth who are sharing housing of other persons due to financial hardship or being displaced.         

          •Youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guarding, otherwise known as unaccompanied youth.

 Unaccompanied youth are defined as those young persons who have run away from home, been asked to leave their homes, and/or been abandoned by parents or guardians.


Kristi O’Meara

Local McKinney-Vento Liaison

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For languages other than English, please leave a message, and your phone call will be returned with an interpreter.

Further information on the McKinney-Vento Act may be found on the National Center for Homeless Education website at https://www.naehcy.org.