McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Program

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    Illinois McKinney-Vento Program

    This program of the Illinois State Board of Education is 100 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

    Many different living situations can qualify a student for aid:

    • In a house or apartment with more than one family due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
    • With friends, family, or others because they are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth.
    • In substandard housing (without electricity, water, heat, etc.).
    • In a shelter (family, domestic violence, youth, transitional living program, etc.).
    • In a motel, hotel, weekly rate housing.
    • In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the streets.

    A student may:

    • Participate fully in all school activities and programs as eligible.
    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
    • Continue to attend the last-enrolled school even if the student has moved away from that school’s attendance area.
    • Qualify automatically for school nutrition programs.

    A student must be enrolled in school immediately, even without required documents such as:

    • Proof of residency.
    • Immunization records or other health records.
    • School records.
    • Legal guardianship papers.

    If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to dispute your child's McKinney-Vento eligibility status, please contact your building's McKinney-Vento liaison listed on this page.


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