McKinney-Vento Information

McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless* 42 U.S.C. § 11434a(2)

The term “homeless children and youth”—
A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…; and
B. includes —
i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…
iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus
or train stations, or similar settings; and
iv. migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living
in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

In order to remove educational barriers for homeless children and youth, the McKinneyVento
Act mandates:
• immediate school enrollment and full participation in all school activities for eligible children, even when records normally required for enrollment are not available [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(3)(C)];
• the right of children and youth experiencing homelessness to remain in their school of origin (the school the student attended when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled), when feasible and in the child’s or youth’s best interest to do so [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(3)(A)];
• transportation to and from the school of origin [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(1)( J)(iii)];
• access to programs and services, including special education services, preschool services, free school meals, Title I services, services for English language learners, vocational/technical education, gifted and talented services, and before- and after-school care [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(4)];
• rights and protections specifically for unaccompanied youth (youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) who are experiencing homelessness [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(3)(B)(iii)], including allowing them to be immediately enrolled without proof of guardianship [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(1)(H)(iii)];
• the right to dispute an enrollment decision and for a child or youth to be admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending the resolution of the dispute [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3)(E)(i)]; and
• the appointment of a local homeless education liaison in every school district or local education agency (LEA) to ensure that homeless children and youth are identified and given full and equal access to all educational services for which they are eligible in order to succeed in school [42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(6)(A)].

McKinney-Vento Liaison: Billy Haggans, School Principal


State Coordinator: Lisa Phillips


Information on the number of homeless students enrolled in NC K-12 Public Schools:

More information available on the NCHEP website: