McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youth. The McKinney-Vento Act defines LEAs as public school districts, direct-funded and locally funded charter schools, and county offices of education. The McKinney-Vento Act also authorizes the funding for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

 Who Qualifies?

​​​The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who fall under this definition as:

Under the McKin​ney-Vento Act you have a right to:

Assistance and Support

Alhambra Unified School District provides the following services for homeless students:

In addition, some resources are available to remove barriers for homeless students to enable them to attend school - accessible pending availability. To access these, please contact the school office where your child attends and speak to the Bilingual School Community Coordinator.

For additional questions, please contact Student Support Services at (626) 943-3400.

McKinney-Vento Resources

Read more about the McKinney-Vento Act at the National Center for Homeless Education 


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LA County Office of Education: Homeless Education Program