Homeless McKinney Vento

Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education, ensured by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students.

The services provided under McKinney-Vento provide families the opportunity to maintain education stability for their student, which is key to their educational trajectory and success.
One of the priorities of the act is the provision of transportation services to allow students experiencing homelessness to remain in their school of origin, which is defined as the school that the student attended when they first experienced homelessness.

Subscribe to the Minnesota Department of Education's Homeless Education Newsletter.

Verify District Homeless Liaison Information in MDE-ORG
Are you the homeless liaison for your district? Be sure that your name is listed and contact information is up to date in MDE-ORG. Work with your district’s site verification coordinator to update your information.

Categorical Eligibility for Homeless Children
Information about coordination between food service and the Homeless Education Program at the local level.

Children Awaiting Foster Care
. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) included changes in the federal definition of who is considered homeless, removing children awaiting foster care from the definition. As a result, these students are no longer eligible to receive McKinney-Vento funds to pay for the cost of school transportation. In June 2017, Minnesota changed the statute to allow Minnesota schools to use state funds to pay for the school transportation for children awaiting foster care.
SchoolHouse Connection provides McKinney-Vento implementation resources, webinars, and timely updates for all levels of school district and charter school personnel. Visit the SchoolHouse Connection website.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program. Local Liaisons can visit the Resources webpage on the NCHE website to find the Homeless Liaison Toolkit and online trainings, as well as resources for children of incarcerated parents.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
provides a variety of information for those interested in homeless education. Topics include advocacy and policy, educational resources, news, conferences and their scholarship fund. Visit the NAEHCY website.
  • Minnesota Homeless Transportation Frequently Asked Questions - 12/10/19
  • Dispute Resolution Form - 8/26/19
    This form is used to initiate the Dispute Resolution process at the state level.
  • Blueprint for Homeless Services - 10/8/18
    Use this flowchart to help evaluate the multiple considerations and legal requirements for McKinney Vento eligible learners. Districts and charters may consider adapting this document to specify which person at their location(s) will be responsible for attending to a McKinney Vento Eligible learner’s needs.
  • Basic Needs Tracking Form - 10/8/18
    School and district staff may use this tracking form as tool to better identify a student’s basic needs and document how those needs are monitored.
  • Health Needs Tracking Form - 10/8/18
    Homeless liaisons or school nurses may use this tracking form as tool to better identify a student’s health related needs and document how those needs are monitored.
  • School Item Request Form - 10/8/18
    Use to identify what students need in the way of school supplies. For McKinney Vento eligible secondary learners or unaccompanied minors.
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    Resource to help district or school staff do a comprehensive profile of each McKinney Vento eligible learner’s needs using data available within their own software or student cumulative files.