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McKinney-Vento Homeless Information

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 


The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights and protections for homeless children and youth. You may qualify, if you are in any of the following situations.:

The term “homeless children and youth”—

A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…; and

B. includes —

        i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

        ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…;

       iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

       iv. migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).




Mr.  Michael Spagna

Assistant Superintendent


Kankakee Valley School Corporation Liaison


  • State coordinators:

Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities 

Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist