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McKinney-Vento Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth

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Parents, students and youth who are homeless, or think they may become homeless, have rights under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Summary of Rights

According to the McKinney-Vento act, homeless students are defined as children who lack a fixed, adequate and regular nighttime residence.

Examples of temporary housing include:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in motels, hotels, camping grounds
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for sleeping
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc.
  • Migratory living in circumstances described above

Children who meet this definition have rights related to:

  • School Choice
  • Immediate Enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Free Meals and Title I Services
  • Help from McKinney Vento Liaison


If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please contact your McKinney-Vento liaison listed below.

Amy Stanton
McKinney-Vento Liaison
Onondaga Central School District

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Rob Price, Superintendent of Schools
4466 South Onondaga Road | Nedrow, NY 13120
Phone 315.552.5000