McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
The education provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act (incorporated within No Child Left Behind) ensure educational rights and protections for homeless and unaccompanied children/youth.
Section725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children/youth as individuals lacking a fixed, regular, adequate night-time residence, including. . .
- children/youth who share housing with others because of loss of housing, economic hardships or a similar reason; live in motels, trailer parks or campgrounds because of lack of alternative adequate accommodations; live in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or await foster care placement
- children/youth who have primary night-time residence in a place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation (e.g., cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings)
- migratory children who live in conditions described above or
- unaccompanied youth
The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Highlights include. . .
- Immediate Enrollment: No child will be denied access to school because of their immigration status, temporary living situation, emergency placement in foster care or similar hardship situation. Please fill out the Student Residency and Assistance Questionnaire (SRAQ) here and present to campus Registrar or ask campus Registrar for a SRAQ.
- Choice of Schools:
- School the student attended when he/she became homeless
- School in the zone where the student currently resides
- Transportation: Students in highly mobile or homeless situations are entitled to transportation to and from the school of origin if feasible, in the student's best interest and requested by the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth.
- Services: Homeless students are entitled to the same programs/services available to other district students, such as gifted and talented education, special education, vocational education, English Language Learner services and tutoring. In addition, students may receive emergency clothing, uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items or other supplies and services needed.
- Dispute Resolution: If problems arise between the school and parents or between districts, the parent shall be referred to the district's homeless and the student must remain in school.
The Texas Homeless Education Office is committed to ensuring that all homeless Texas children may attend and succeed in school.
Charles A. Dana Center
The University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe Street Suite 3.206
Austin, TX 78701
The Texas Homeless Network provides training and technical assistance statewide, helping service providers and communities better serve the homeless population.
1713 Fortview Road
Austin, TX 78704
Shelters for Homeless Students
Covenant House Texas
1111 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Bay Area Turning Point
210 S. Walnut
Webster, TX 77598
Brazoria Women's Shelter
Angleton and Alvin Office
1-800-243-5788 and 281-585-0902
Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter
(Note: street name change, formerly 419 Dowling)
419 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, TX 77003
Family Promise of Clear Creek
1101 S. Egret Bay Blvd.
League City TX 77573
832-932-3963 24-hour hotline
District Liaison for Homeless Children and Youth
At Risk Specialist
Education Service Center