Homeless Youth & Children
Rights and Available Services
Homeless youth are afforded specific educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, and are also entitled to support services.
These rights include:
- The right to enroll in the school they last attended or the school they currently attend even if they do not have the documents required for enrollment
- The right to transportation to their school of origin (unless logistically impossible)
- Access to free meals
- Access to Title I programs and other educational services, and transportation to extra-curricular activities to the same extent as offered to other students
- Access to counseling/post-high school preparatory services
Homeless is defined under McKinney-Vento as "lacking fixed, regular, adequate iving situations. This includes residence at hotels/motels, living in a shelter, living in a vehicle/tent/park/other similar situation, living in a residence lacking adequate sanitation/running water/heat/electricity, living with another family temporarily due to loss of previous housing/financial difficulty finding housing (also known as "doubling up"), and living in severely overcrowded quarters.