The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homelessness as living in the following places due to a lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence: 
  • In an emergency or transitional shelter
  • In a motel, hotel, or campground
  • In a car, park, public place, bus or train station, or abandoned building
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends
  • Children awaiting foster care placement
Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special educational rights.
Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?
  • The school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or was last enrolled
  • The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is currently living
 2. How can delays be avoided when enrolling a student experiencing homelessness in school? 
  • Enroll the student immediately
  • Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent
If you are in a homeless situation or know of someone who is call 724-861-3037. 


    Last Modified on July 7, 2016