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McKinney Vento:  

Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program


Who is considered homeless?

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations


If you have questions regarding homeless services and assistance, please contact any of the following people at your child’s school: social worker, counselor or administration.

You may also contact Nandi Rieck, Federal and State Program Specialist, at 651-423-7719 or for assistance.


District 196

Homeless Students Policy


Minnesota Department of Education, Homeless McKinney Vento

McKinney-Vento Act Policy

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