McKinney Vento Homeless Information

McKinney Vento Homeless/ Unaccompanied Youth Program

Fort Edward Union Free School District

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Under McKinney-Vento, “homeless” is defined as individuals of school age who lack “fixed, regular and adequate housing.”

I think I might be homeless, what are some examples of homeless situations?

Here are several common examples. If you do not see your situation listed, please contact the McKinney Vento Liaison listed below to discuss your case in more detail.


Not Homeless

Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason

Families sharing housing with a relative historically or by choice

Children and youth living in motels, hotels or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

Families residing in a hotel as a result of a new home or renovations to an existing home

Children and youth awaiting foster care placement

Child in foster care

Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters


Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)


Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations


Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations


What does it mean if I am homeless?

Simply put, homeless designation means that the school district can provide additional supports and resources to support you during this difficult time. Each case is unique, but the most common needs are:

· Free meals for all homeless students

· Transportation if temporary residence is outside the district

· Flexibility in scheduling, as a result of transportation needs

· Expedited registration process to ensure that the child misses as little school as possible

· Additional supports for students through guidance

Who will know that I am homeless?

Information regarding homeless status is kept as confidential as possible. Information is provided to the business office, guidance department, registrar and faculty on a need to know basis. Personal information is not shared, only the information that is needed to provide adequate services in a timely manner.

Who do I contact?

The best person to contact at Fort Edward is the McKinney Vento Liaison. You may also notify the registrar or main office secretary and they will direct you to the liaison.

Mark Doody

McKinney Vento Liaison

(518) 747-4529

ext. 3102

What will happen next?

After contacting the liaison, a meeting will be schedule promptly to determine the nature of your specific situation. During that time, you will have the opportunity to explain your circumstances and discuss with the liaison the resources that the school has at its disposal to assist you. There will be a small amount of paperwork to be completed at that time. Should transportation be required, the liaison will facilitate that process. Remember our goal is stabilize the learning environment as quickly as possible.

Then what?

After homeless status has been established, we will continue to work with you to provide supports in the weeks or months to come. It is important to remain in contact with the liaison as to any changes in your housing status. Moves to different temporary housing or fixed housing need to be reported to the liaison. The liaison will also reach out to you periodically to check on your status, it is essential that changes in contact information remain current.

Additional Resources:

· Federal McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act

· New York State Office for the Homeless

· Dispute Resolution/ Appeals Process

· Determining Eligibility

· Enrollment and School Selection

· Research on Homeless Education


Enrollment and Transportation

The McKinney-Vento Act requires schools to enroll homeless children and youth immediately, even if they lack normally required documents, such as immunization records or proof of residence. The act ensures that homeless children and youth have transportation to and from their school of origin if it is in the child's or youth's best interest. See Enrollment Rights and Services (Policy No. 3115) for more information.

School District Responsibilities

Local school districts must designate a homeless liaison to ensure that homeless children and youth are identified and served. The liaison must provide public notice to homeless families (in the community and at school), and facilitate access to school services including transportation. School districts are also required to track their homeless students and report that data annually to OSPI.

Student Rights

· Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services

· FAQs on the Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations

· Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program: Title VII-B -- Non-Regulatory Guidance

Dispute Resolution

The following procedures are specified in McKinney-Vento and further explained in OSPI’s Dispute Resolution Process |Spanish.

· Sample Dispute Process Paperwork | Spanish

For more information:

· McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

· All 50 State Coordinators

· Resources for Educators

· Issue Briefs

· National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

· National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

· OSPI's Title I/Learning Assistance Program