McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed to help families who are homeless keep their children in school.

Definition of homelessness–The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and can include the following situations:

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home.
  • Staying in a motel or hotel.
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or domestic violence shelter.
  • Staying in substandard housing.
  • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station.
  • Awaiting foster care placement.
  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home.
  • Abandoned in a hospital.
  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter.

Questions and/or additional information related to McKinney-Vento may be directed to our McKinney-Vento liaison at IC Imagine, Jesse Mitchell via email to  or by phone 828.633.6491.

***You may also find information on the following websites:

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

National Coalition for the Homeless

Parents in North Carolina may also contact:

Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator for Homeless Education

National Center for Homeless Education

SERVE Center at UNCG

336.315.7491 or 1.800.755.3277


Helpline: 800.308.2145