Answer: No, this situation does not appear to meet the definition of homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act. The Act covers children and youth who are “sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.” A voluntary assignment with the military is not a reason that is “similar to” loss of housing or economic hardship. The parent made a planned decision, which included the care of their child while he or she is away.
A single parent has volunteered for a 6 week active duty assignment with the military. The child will be staying with friends in a different school district. Does this child become eligible for McKinney-Vento services?
Feb 4, 2019 | Q and A