McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The National Center for Homeless Education estimates that there are more than 1.5 million students who are homeless—lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are sharing accommodations, staying at hotels or sleeping in any public space. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to address the challenges that these students face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.
Funding is allocated to states based on the state’s Title I, Part A federal allocations. States then subgrant funds competitively to school districts, based on the need and the quality of the application. Funds may be used for tutoring, supplemental instruction, diagnostic assessments, and other educational services that help homeless students reach the same challenging State academic standards the State establishes for other children and youths.