Posted: Thu, 09/29/2011 - 4:43pm Updated: Thu, 04/16/2020 - 3:30pm

McKinney-Vento Homeless

The links below include resources for schools working with McKinney Vento eligible students amid school closures experienced as a result of COVID-19.

For specific questions please reach out to Gina Woodward - Homeless Education Specialist


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LEAs interested in applying for additional funding to support homeless children and youth may wish to review the webinar “McKinney-Vento: Homeless Youth Education Supplemental Support & Grant Process Review.” This presentation will address updates to the 2019-2021 application process for McKinney Vento funding that is due Aug. 30, 2019.  The funding will focus on collaborative efforts developed across communities which plan to utilize high-impact interventions. A summary of the grant requirements and a time line for reviewing the grant and funding distribution are included. For questions, reach out to Gina Woodward

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.

The Mckinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

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