Homelessness is not something that has to affect your child’s education. Even if you lack a permanent residence, your children can receive help to stay in their home school district.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a law that helps your child if you do not have a permanent home to stay in by providing school stability for your child. This Act is support for those who are without a permanent residence and are:
- Staying with friends or family because you lost housing.
- Living in a shelter, including transitional programs.
- Staying in motels because you cannot get your own home.
- Living on the streets, in a car, van, tent or other nonpermanent structure.
For additional information and resources, please click on the links below:
- Homeless students' rights
- A Parent’s Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- IDOE McKinney-Vento: Homeless Children & Youth Program webpage
- Information for School-Age Youth
- P-H-M Residency Form
- College Student Guide for Homelessness Resources
You can also contact the IDOE state coordinators: Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities and Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist, 317-232-0957, McKinneyVentoPOC@doe.in.gov.
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