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Homeless and Foster Care Liaison

McKinney-Vento: Overview & Services


McKinney-Vento Act – Definition of Homelessness:

  • Homeless children and youth are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

    • Sharing the housing of others (“doubled-up”) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;

    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

    • Living in emergency and transitional shelters;

    • Unsheltered;

    • Unaccompanied youth who have runaway or who are denied housing by their guardians

Main Themes of McKinney-Vento

  • School stability

  • School accesses

  • Support for academic success

  • Child-centered, best interest decision making

McKinney-Vento Requires Districts to:

  • Appoint a Homeless Coordinator: Holly Deckard

  • Actively identify homeless children & youth

  • Determine school of best interest with family

  • Provide transportation to school of best interest

  • Remove all barriers to enrollment & success

  • Inform parents, school staff, and others of rights of homeless students

  • Facilitate resolution of disputes

Educational Protections:

  • Immediate enrollment, even lacking paperwork

  • Concepts of “school of origin” and “school of best interest”

  • Right to transportation

  • Right to comparable and non-segregated services

  • Right to complete the school year at one school if feasible

  • Access to free breakfast and lunch program

  • Access to Title 1 services

Additional Services Provided to Homeless Students:

  • Outreach, case management, and support services

  • School supplies, backpacks, school clothes and other daily living and enrichment items

  • Tutoring to help students catch up and stay current

  • Funds for activity and educational field trip fees

  • Funds to replace textbooks, library books,

  • Funds to purchase books for students to own through school book fairs

  • Transportation for students to attend school, extra-curricular activities, and tutoring

  • Transportation for families to attend conferences and school events

  • Funds to purchase birth certificates

  • Hygiene items

  • Scholarships for participation in early childhood education programs

Other Funding and Donations are used to Help Homeless Students With:

  • Graduation expenses

  • Yearbooks

  • School pictures

  • Class rings

  • Field trips

  • Prom/Courtwarming outfits

  • Medical Needs

  • Educational Needs

  • Transportation

  • Extracurricular Fees and Supplies

  • Etc.

Ms. Holly Deckard

Holly Deckard

Homeless and Foster Care Liaison for Humansville R-IV