The McKinney-Vento Act: Federal Law, Guidance, and Funding

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings. 

The law requires states and school districts to remove barriers to the identification, enrollment, stability, and success of children and youth experiencing homelessness.  

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