Title X

The purpose of Title X is to provide educational services for homeless children and youth The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act, signed into law on July 22, 1987 and reauthorized on January 6, 2003. provides comprehensive federal emergency and long-term assistance to homeless persons. Title X, Subtitle C of the Act, Education of Homeless Children and Youth, establishes appropriate public education, including a public preschool education that would be provided to children of the residents of the state and are consistent with the state school attendance laws. It further provides that residency requirements as a component of compulsory school attendance laws, regulations, practices and procedures, be reviewed and steps undertaken to insure that these laws do not prohibit children and youth from school attendance. The law states that homelessness alone is not reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment. Homeless children and youth should have access to the education and other services that such children and youth need to ensure that such children and youth have the opportunity to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.

Your child has the right to participate in all programs at the school. If you need financial assistance, contact the counselor at your school.

Definition of Homeless / Highly Mobile Individuals

The McKinney –Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines a “homeless person” as one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence or one who has a primary nighttime residence that is defined as follows:

  • A shelter/transitional housing/ welfare motel
  • The streets/ car/ abandoned building/ campground / etc.
  • An institution that provides temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized.
  • A residence with substandard living conditions ( not fit for human habitation—no electricity, no heat, no running water, no windows/doors, holes in roof or floor, no way to cook or store food
  • Two or more families living together in crowded or undesirable living conditions because they have no place of their own to live where they can safely and healthfully meet their basic needs of privacy with dignity.