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.

    Key Provisions

    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 (SRQ) 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
    Phone: 1-800-446-3142
    Fax: 512-471-6193

    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
    Phone: 512-482-8270
    Fax: 512-478-9077

Shelters for Homeless Students

District Liaison for Homeless Children and Youth

  • Lavenda Malbrough
    At Risk Specialist
    Education Service Center