The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed to help families who are homeless keep their children in school.
Definition of homelessness – The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and can include the following situations:
- Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home.
- Staying in a motel or hotel.
- Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or domestic violence shelter.
- Staying in substandard housing.
- Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station.
- Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home.
- Abandoned in a hospital.
- Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter.