Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.) is a Federal law that addresses the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

For more information visit https://nche.ed.gov/downloads/briefs/introduction.pdf 

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless individuals as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes:

  1. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; 
  2. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; 
  3. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and
  4. migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Those who qualify have rights to:

  1. access to education and educational support; 
  2. enroll in school immediately, even if they do not have documents that are usually required for enrollment; 
  3. attend classes and participate in all school activities, even if they do not have school supplies or uniforms; and 
  4. continue in their school when the family moves to a new location, to the extent feasible, if this is in their best interest, and to receive transportation to their school. [42 U.S.C. §§ 11431-11435]

Parent/Youth rights information available from NCHE which can be found at this link: https://nche.ed.gov/pr/parent_booklet.php

NCHEP posters for Parents and Youth

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jessica Williams, Homeless Liaison Coordinator for Queen City Stem School, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 980.299.6633. You may also contact the State Coordinator, Lisa Phillips, at 336-315-7491. 

For information about the NC Homeless Education Program, visit the NCHEP website at https://hepnc.uncg.edu/. For student data, visit https://hepnc.uncg.edu/about. For additional state-level data, visit  http://profiles.nche.seiservices.com/StateProfile.aspx?StateID=33.