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NC Homeless Education Program

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Natalie Gouge
Director of Student Services McDowell County Schools
828-652-4535 ext. 300

Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator
NC Homeless Education Program
336-315-7491

Patricia Lentz, Program Specialist
NC Homeless Education Program
336-574-8724
 

North Carolina Homeless Education Program

NC Homeless Education Program 
 
National Center for Homeless Education
 
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is also known as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act.
 
The Law
View the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act in HTML format.
Download the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act in PDF format.
 
Policy Guidance
Download the U.S. Department of Education's Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance (updated July 27, 2016)
 
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
 

On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under the previous version of ESEA (the No Child Left Behind Act), the education of homeless children and youth was included in Title X, Part C. Under ESSA, homeless education is included in Title IX, Part A. For more information:

 

The Department of Education has determined that the McKinney-Vento amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act will take effect on October 1, 2016, with the exception of the removal of "awaiting foster care placement" from the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which will go into effect on December 10, 2016.

For the non-regulatory guidance on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth and help your school district implement amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf

For a fact sheet that you can provide to your school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf

To review the press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidance-homeless-children-and-youth .

Additionally, the US Department of Education released a new web page that highlights the Department initiatives related to identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness from pre-school to post-secondary ages. Web page topics include:

  • The state of homeless students in the United States
  • Pre-K-12 education programs and initiatives that specify homeless students for eligibility or priority for services
  • Additional federal programs and resources that may support homeless students
  • Other federal agencies serving homeless children and youth

 

To learn more, please visit:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/supporting-homeless-students/index.html

The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) defines homeless as follows:

The term "homeless children and youths"--

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); 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 (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)); 

(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 (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).


View the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Determining homelessness

Visit Determining Eligibility for Services Under McKinney-Vento