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. 
  • 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 contact Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator for Homeless Education.

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

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