McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
In January 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act to support the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The federal law entitles children who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence" to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Watauga County Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school.
This definition includes the following situations:
- Doubling Up - those who are sharing a residence with other people (friends or relatives) due to a loss in housing or hardship
- Commercial Accommodations - those who are staying in a motel, hotel, or campground due to a loss in housing, fleeing violence, or natural disaster
- Emergency Shelter - those who are staying in a shelter (emergency or transitional)
- Non-Sleeping Quarters - those who are staying in a car, park, public space, abandoned buildings, bus/train stations, or other areas not inherently made as an accommodation setting for human beings to sleep
- Surrender or Abandonment to Emergency Personnel - those who have been abandoned or surrendered to the care of emergency personnel at hospitals, police stations, or fire departments
If you have further questions about McKinney-Vento services, please contact your school social worker for further information and guidance.