336-992-2710 • contact@thencla.org

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Who Are Homeless Children and Youths?

Homeless children and youths are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nightime residence, including:

  • 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; are abandoned in hospitals;
  • 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;
  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.

  • Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

    Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Continue in the school they last attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent's or guardian's choice and is feasible.
  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended before their family became homeless or the school they last attended, if a parent or guardian requests such transportation.
  • Attend school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
  • Receive transportation to school and to school programs comparable to that provided to children who are not homeless.

  • These rights are established under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For more information on parent/youth rights please visit https://nche.ed.gov/pr/parent_booklet.php and the NCHEP website


    Homeless Liason contact information at The North Carolina Leadership Academy

    Kimberly Stanley

  • Phone - 336-992-2710
  • Email - kstanley@thencla.org

  • State Coordinator

    Lisa Phillips

  • Phone - 336-315-7491