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)

Visit 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.

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