McKinney-Vento Program Rights and Services
The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite a lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 339.115(7).
Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
WHO QUALIFIES: Children & Youths who are:
Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes refereed to as "doubled-up");
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
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 they are living in circumstances described above.
Children & Youths experiencing homelessness have the right to:
Receive a free, appropriate public education;
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment;
Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents;
Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is the preference and is feasible;
If the school district believes that the school selected is not in the best interest of the child, then the district must provide a written explanation of its position and inform parents of their right to appeal its decision.
Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested;
Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.
These rights are established under the Education for Homeless Children & Youth (EHCY) program under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act which was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA).
American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children & Youth (ARP-HCY):
U.S. Department of Education: Federal notifications, requirements, state allocations
National Center on Homeless Education: Summary of federal agency resources
State Agency COVID Resources:
Supplemental Food: Pandemic EBT Cards
Laws & Guidance:
USDE Non-Regulatory Guidance (July 2016)
McKinney-Vento Act: Education for Homeless Children & Youth Program, amended Dec 2015 under ESSA
Homeless Student Data:
Oregon Department of Education - McKinney-Vento Act Page
How to Address Mental Health for Students Experiencing Homelessness