The McKinney-Vento Program provides supplemental educational services and social support to youth and families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This means students sharing housing with one or more families due to eviction or economic hardship, living in emergency or transitional shelters, staying in hotels/motels, trailer parks/campgrounds, or somewhere that is not designed for sleeping (i.e., a garage, an attic, a car, a park or an abandoned building). This can also include unaccompanied youth (students not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian).
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:
- Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- Children and youth who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
To enroll in or attend school if you live under any of these conditions, you do NOT need to provide the following documents but a confidential intake will be conducted to determine eligibility and complete enrollment.
- Proof of residency
- Immunization records or tuberculosis skin-test results
- School records
- Legal Guardianship papers
- Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible
- Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled, even if you have moved away from that school’s attendance zone or district
- Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school or origin
- Qualify automatically for child nutrition programs (free and reduced-price lunches and other district food programs).
- Contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment process.
For questions about enrolling in school or for assistance with school enrollment, contact:
Your local School District Liaison for the homeless:
Valeria Rico – McKinney-Vento Liaison
Your County Liaison for the homeless:
Elizabeth Tarango – Program Management for McKinney-Vento 510-670-7752
Your State Coordinator for the homeless:
Leanne Wheeler – State Coordinator, California Department of Education 1-866-856-8214