Education Services for the Homeless (McKinney-Vento Act)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is included in No Child Left Behind as Title X-C. The 2002 reauthorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. (Arizona Department of Education)

Definition of Homelessness Under McKinney-Vento

If your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Doubled-up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing,

Then you have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
  • Continue in the school you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended.
  • Receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and/or immunization records.
  • Educational Assistance under McKinney-Vento.

If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for some assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Our district Homeless Liaison can assist in determining your eligibility for our programs. Contact Kathy Nell(602) 449-2431.

Additional Contacts

PVSchools Transportation Department Director

Doug Curry
(602) 449-2251

Arizona Department of Education

Homeless Education Coordinator
Silvia Chavez
(602) 542-4963

National Center for Homeless Education

1(800) 308-2145

Community Information and Referral

1(877) 211-8661

Contact Shelter Hotline

1(800) 799-7739

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence

(602) 279-2900

Arizona Self Help

Arizona Foreclosure Helpline

1(877) 448-1211

Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank

(602) 867-9228