Homeless Education Program McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (per Title IX, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act) defines homeless as follows:

The term “homeless children and youths”–

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and

(B) includes–

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;*

(ii) 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 (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

  • *Per Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, “awaiting foster care placement” was removed from the definition of homelesson December 10, 2016; the only exception to his removal is that “covered states” have until December 10, 2017 to remove “awaiting foster care placement” from their definition of homeless.


For more information and resources

National Runaway Safeline (NRS)                             https://www.1800runaway.org/

National Safe Place                                                        http://nationalsafeplace.org/

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA)             https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/grants/fysb-grantees

National Center for Homeless Education                  https://nche.ed.gov/briefs.php

StartYourRecovery.org                                                  https://startyourrecovery.org/treatment/rehab-centers/north-carolina/raleigh 


Three year data for Camden County Schools

2017-2018 SY 4 students
2016-2017 SY 2 students
2015-2016 SY 11 students
2014-2015 SY 7 students
2013-2014 SY 10 students