McKinney-Vento Information

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

What is McKinney-Vento?
McKinney-Vento is a federal law that helps students who are experiencing homelessness or don't have a stable place to live. It ensures that these students have the opportunity to go to school and receive an education, just like any other child.

Under McKinney-Vento, schools are required to provide certain supports and services to homeless students. These include things like:

  1. Immediate enrollment: Homeless students have the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they don't have the usual documents like proof of residency or school records.

  2. School stability: If a homeless student has to move, the school must make every effort to keep them in their current school, even if they move to a different school district. This helps provide stability and continuity in their education.

  3. Transportation assistance: If a homeless student has to move to a new school, the school district must provide transportation to and from school, so that the student can continue attending their original school if that is in their best interest.

  4. Access to support services: Schools must ensure that homeless students have access to the same educational services and programs as other students. This includes things like free school meals, special education services, and extracurricular activities.

Students of homeless individuals and unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian) residing in the District shall have equal access to the same free appropriate public education including comparable services, as provided to other students and youth who reside in the District. Homeless students and youth shall not be required to attend a separate school or program for homeless students and shall not be stigmatized by school personnel.
Additional information

Carmen Branson
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liasion


phone: 765-569-4302 extension 4330

Gina Woodward                                       

Homeless Education Specialist                                        

Indiana Department of Education


[email protected]