McKinney-Vento Protection

What to Do if You Qualify for McKinney-Vento Protection:

If you qualify for protection under the McKinney-Vento Act, you have access to certain rights and protections. There are several steps you can take to ensure that you are accessing all of the benefits your community may offer.

 1.) Know Your Rights

The McKinney-Vento Act grants legal protections so that children and youth (ages 5-21 years) may enroll in, attend, and have the opportunities to succeed in school.
Read the following fact sheets provided by THEO to learn more about your rights and techniques for dealing with your children in a crisis situation.

 2.) Meet Your Liaison

By law, every school district and charter school must designate a homeless liaison that can educate and advocate for homeless students. Liaisons’ duties include helping students without homes enroll in school or pre-school, assisting to arrange transportation to school, and mediating disputes.

THEO Liaison Directory - Find your district's homeless liaison
Region 13 Liaison Directory -List of liaisons within Region 13's service area
Information for District Liaisons

 3.) Seek Assistance

There are a variety of national, state, and local groups which can link you to, or directly provide, social services. Services may include: rental assistance, utility assistance, access to free or reduced-price medical, mental health, and dental care, food banks, clothing cupboards or thrift stores, and emergency and domestic violence shelters. Many homeless liaisons also maintain lists of community service providers and may be able to help connect you with these services.

Resources from Region 13
Services of Region 13
What LEA Administrators Must Know - Information for District Administrators on the McKinney-Vento Act