The McKinney-Vento Program assists students experiencing homelessness to enroll in school and have access to academic supplies and services to participate and attend school daily.
Who We Serve
- Homeless students
- Student living in temporary homes due to economic hardship (shelters, hotels, RVs, etc.)
- Students living with family members or friends (doubled-up) due to economic hardship or loss of housing
- Unaccompanied youth
- School enrollment assistance
- School transportation
- Free lunch program
- School supplies
- Community services
- School of Origin
What is the definition of a homeless child?
According to federal law (McKinney-Vento Sec. 725), and the TEA state plan for homeless children/ youth, children or youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless. This includes children and youth who sleep at night:
- In a shelter (including runaway youth shelters and domestic violence shelters);
- In a shelter awaiting institutionalization, adoption, foster care, or other placement;
- In a car, tent, abandoned building, or other place, public or private, not ordinarily used as a sleeping accommodation for human beings;
- In a motel, hotel, trailer park, camping ground, bus or train station;
- In someone else's home due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
- In transitional, temporary housing (i.e,. rent paid by local service providers); and
- Migrant students who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
More information is available on the The Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) website, and you may also access updated information about the McKinney-Vento Laws and serving homeless students at National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NEAHCY). Please follow the Links page to access these additional sites.