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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Everyone who is between the ages of 4 and 21 on September 1st of the school year and has not been expelled, has the right to attend school, even if they:

  • Do not live with a parent or legal guardian
  • Lives temporarily doubled up with friends or family due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Sleeps in a shelter
  • Sleeps in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other place not designated for, or ordinarily used as regular housing for people
  • Lives in substandard housing (no electricity or water)
  • Participates in a transitional housing program
  • Does not have school records

Service Provided

The Federal McKinney-Vento Act and Texas State Law guarantee that if you meet eligibility requirements you may:

  • Enroll in school even without records
  • Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled, even if you have moved away from that school's attendance zone or district
  • Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school of origin
  • Qualify automatically for district free/reduced lunch and other district food programs
  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible; and
  • Contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment process