McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

 

In January of 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to help people experiencing homelessness. The federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Perquimans County Public Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school. Under the McKinney-Vento Program, there is no age limit for an unaccompanied homeless or runaway youth as long as the student is eligible for K-12 public education in NC. Schools must immediately alert the School McKinney-Vento Liaison or the District McKinney-Vento Liaison if presented with a possible runaway or unaccompanied homeless youth.

 

Living situations that may qualify include, but are not limited to:

• Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing

• Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence

• Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter

• Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station

• Living temporarily in substandard housing

• Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home

• Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter; run away youth

• Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home

Resources

North Carolina Homeless Education Program

Parent Information Poster

Youth Information Poster

Contacts

 
 
Dr. Latonia Johnson

District Social Worker/Homeless Liaison

latoniajohnson@pqschools.org

(252)312-4173

 

Kanika Griffin

Chief Academic Officer of Student Services

kgriffin@pqschools.org

(252)426-5741 ext. 230

 

Lisa Phillips

State Coordinator for Homeless Education

lphillips@serve.org

(336)315-7491