McKinney-Vento Program Specialist(336) 438-4000 ext. 37857 or (336) 214-7550District Liaison(336) 438-4140Lisa PhillipsState Coordinator(336) 315-7491THE MCKINNEY-VENTO ACTThe McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that makes sure children and youth who do not have permanent housing can go to school and preschool. It gives children and youth rights to enroll in school, stay in school, get transportation to school, and do well in school. Because it is a federal law, the McKinney-Vento Act overrules state laws and local policies that disagree with it.Children and youth without permanent housing often have problems enrolling and participating in school. As a result, Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 1987.
This law gives children and youth without permanent housing the right to:
- Remain in the same school even if they move;
- Enroll in a new school without typically required records such as proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other papers;
- Get transportation to school;
- Get all the school services they need; and
- Challenge decisions made by schools and districts.During ABSS's 2014-2015 academic year, 790 students received homeless services.In the 2015-2016 academic year 717 students received homeless services.In the 2016-2017 academic year 655 students received homeless services.For more information on North Carolina's homeless data, please go to http://profiles.nche.seiservices.com/stateprofile.aspx?stateID=33.* For more information, contact your School Social Worker, School Counselor, or see the Link Library to the right. *