McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires school districts to ensure that homeless students have access to educational opportunities and other services needed to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students. 

Definition of Homeless

Homeless children and youth are those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This 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, or awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a 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
  • Migratory children and youth who qualify as homeless because they are living in similar circumstances listed above



School District Liaisons

Non-Regulatory Guidance 7/27/16

Warning Signs of Homelessness

Determining Fixed, Regular, Adequate Housing

Best Interest in School Selection Checklist

McKinney-Vento At a Glance

Educational Rights of Children Displaced by Disasters

College Guide for Homeless Students

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

National Center for Homeless Education

National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty

National Network for Youth

The Homestretch (PBS)

ESSA, Homeless Education, Title IA Reservation: PowerPoint

Sunny Hills Services for Transitional Age Youth 

Redwood Community Health Coalition 

AB 1806: Exemption from Graduation Requirements

AB 1806: Graduation Requirement Worksheet Template


For further information contact Karen Allen, Marin County Office of Education Homeless Liaison, at or 415-499-5867.