Homeless Student Services

Contact: Sheryl Kimbro, LEA Liaison for McKinney-Vento
259-2187 ext. 710815

The McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children
and youth" (school age and younger) as:

children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:


  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of
    housing, economic hardship, or similar reason.

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, cars public spaces, abandoned houses, substandard housing, camping grounds or similar settings due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters; abandoned
    in hospitals; or awaiting foster care placement.

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in substandard housing.

  • Unaccompanied youth, including any youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, such as runaways, youth denied housing their families  (sometimes referred to as "throwaway" children and youth). and school age unwed mothers, living in homes for unwed mothers, who have no other housing available.