McKinney-Vento

Who is considered homeless?

Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act defines homelessness as living in the following places due to a lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

  • In an emergency or transitional shelter
  • In a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of an adequate alternative 
  • In a car, park, public place, bus or train station, or abandoned building
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • In the above conditions and is a migratory child or youth

This definition of homelessness applies to children and youth with:

  • Uncertain housing
  • A temporary address
  • No permanent physical address

Children and youth living in these settings meet criteria for the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and have special educational rights.

Where can a child or youth without a fixed, regular, and adequate residence attend school?
  • The school the child or youth attended before becoming homeless or was last enrolled (school of origin)
  • The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is currently living
How can delays be avoided when enrolling a student experiencing homelessness in school?
  • Enroll the student immediately
  • Contact the previous school and ask that the records be sent electronically or shared over the phone
  • Contact the principal, school counselor, or local homeless education liaison with any concerns
  • Contact the local homeless education liaison to support unaccompanied youth when enrolling in school


Local Homeless Education Liasion for Bedford County Public Schools:

Cathey Burks, M.Ed.
Supervisor of Federal Programs
310 S. Bridge Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Work:  540-586-1045 Ext. 10274
Fax:  540-586-7703
E-mail: cburks@bedford.k12.va.us

Project Hope State Representative

Dr. Patricia A. Popp
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
757-221-4002/Toll Free:  877-455-3412
TDD:  757-221-2302/Fax:  757-221-2988
E-mail: homlss@wm.edu

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