Who Is Homeless?
Homeless students are those who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals.
The definition includes migratory students who live in the aforementioned situations. Beginning Dec. 10, 2016, “those awaiting foster care placement” are not included in the definition. Read more
For information to help support McKinney-Vento eligible students through the community-wide impact of COVID-19, please visit Indiana Department of Education - COVID 19 Resources for Indiana Schools.
For specific questions please reach out to Gina Woodward - Homeless Education Specialist
For local resources on emergency shelter and housing assistance please contact:
- Marion County – Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP Indy)
- All Other Counties (Balance of State) – Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
If you or your family are concerned about housing stability including shelter or basic needs (like food, clothing, utilities, etc.), please consider contacting the McKinney Vento Liaison at your local school district. McKinney Vento Liaisons can help you connect to resources in the community that can help you find assistance and support. McKinney Vento Liaisons also help eligible students stay connected at school through enrollment and transportation assistance as well as addressing barriers to educational success and school engagement. You can find your district’s McKinney Vento Liaison at the link provided below:
- A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Food Pantries in Indiana
- Indiana's Emergency Shelter List
- Indianapolis Handbook of Help
- Indianapolis Guide to Housing Assistance and Coordinated Entry
- InteCare Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
- McKinney-Vento for Parents and Youth
Compliance Review Requirement Overview
The Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth (INEHCY) program is required by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, Part A – Homeless Children and Youths, Sec.722 (f) (5), to monitor all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure compliance with federal education regulations for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
USDOE requires the following elements in the INEHCY program monitoring process:
- Technical assistance
- Review protocol, including interview questions
- Document the review with a written report of whether requirements were met or corrective actions are required
- A process for resolving required corrective actions and possible follow-up if LEAs need assistance with compliance
- Rights of Homeless Youth English | Spanish
- Caregiver Authorization Form PDF | Word
- Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters-INEHCY
- Enrollment Restrictions and Denial of Enrollment
- FORM II 6-15 Custodial Statement and Agreement - Third Party Custody
- Graduation Rate for Students Determined to be at an Unknown Location
- INEHCY-Enrollment Form English | Spanish
- Homeless Identification Form
- Homeless/ Unattached Youth Verification for the Purposes of Federal Financial Aid PDF | Word
- Indiana Code Foster Care Transportation
**Coming Soon** - Indiana McKinney Vento District Liaison Basic Training – This course will offer an introduction to the role of district level McKinney Vento / Homeless Liaison. The course will review federal and state requirements, policy recommendations, procedural guidance, and best practice in program development and direct service supporting students who qualify as homeless based on the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
**Coming Soon** - Indiana McKinney Vento District Liaison Advanced Training – This course will help ensure that district level McKinney Vento liaisons with 2 or more years of experience in the role maintain up-to-date resources and guidance that enable appropriate and effective student support for all Students who qualify as homeless based on the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Self-Guided Training for District McKinney Vento Liaisons – National Center for Homeless Education
Training Resources for All Staff
As a result of extended liquidation deadlines offered to 2019-2020 Indiana McKinney Vento Sub Grant awardees, the application for the year two grant award process was suspended. All 2019-2020 awardees have been approved for a second year of funding. Because this sub-grant runs on a three-year cycle, the next application is scheduled to open in May 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. Awards will be made for a new three year grant cycle at that time. This grant opportunity is a competitive grant and does require collaboration among multiple LEAs and community partners for funding consideration. If you have questions about the application process or would like assistance in preparation of an application for the 2022-2025 grant cycle, please contact Gina Woodward for more information.
The Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program awards grants to eligible states for costs incurred during the 2018-2019 school year as a result of educating public and non-public school students displaced by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019 in those areas for which a major disaster or emergency is declared under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5190). Thankfully, the state of Indiana did not directly experience any qualifying natural disasters during this calendar term, however schools serving those displaced by these events may still qualify. A complete list of qualifying disasters and emergencies can be found HERE.
Indiana schools believed to be currently eligible for Temporary Emergency Impact Aid funding from the USDOE are invited to complete the linked application(s) and submit to the INDOE for review. LEA applications and Non-Public school applications must be completed and submitted on or before Friday October 18th, 2019 at 3:00pm. Completed applications should be returned to Gina Woodward – Homeless Education Specialist – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- INEHCY-Hurricane Resources-Homeless Student Rights
- INEHCY-Referral Tool-10-2017
- Responding to Disasters-August 2017-SchHouseConn
- Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters-INEHCY
- INEHCY-Flood Resources Q & A
- Supporting Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters: Five Key Policies for Schools
- Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events
- Disaster Preparation and Response
Every Student Succeeds Act
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Indiana will create a plan to better align our local, state and federal programs to help all students be successful.
The Indiana Department of Education is committed to meaningfully engaging a diverse group of stakeholders through a variety of methods and opportunities to solicit thoughts, opinions and recommendations concerning provisions in Indiana’s state plan.
In general, SEAs and LEAs must begin implementing the new McKinney-Vento Act requirements by October 1, 2016. As noted above, however, the ESSA amended section 725 of the McKinney Vento Act, removing “awaiting foster care” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.” This change is effective on December 10, 2016, for most States. In addition, the ESSA removes “awaiting foster care placement” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.