McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program

McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program works with the schools and community agencies to make sure students and families who are experiencing housing difficulties have resources available to them.

McKinney-Vento Act (section 725) defines "homeless children and youth" (school age or younger) as children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who:

  • ​​Share the housing of another person/family due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • ​Living in hotels, motels, camp grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • ​Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Awaiting foster care placement

In determining whether or not a child or youth is homeless, consider the relative permanence of the living arrangements.  Determination of homelessness should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Rights of the homeless child or youth:

  • Homeless child or youth have the right to remain at their school of origin
  • Homeless child or youth have the right to transportation
  • Access to educational programs and educational resources (expedited assessments, tutoring, etc)
  • Waiver of fees/costs associated with required aspects of the educational setting (registration fees, lunch fees, course fees)

Please click here for a link to the Illinois State Board of Education's Homeless page.  

If you have any questions about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children & Youth Program, please contact Brandy Howard at (815)599-1408 ext. 134.