Education Rights of Homeless_Transitional Children and Youth

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." The act provides examples of children who fall under this definition as:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or 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 night time 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.

More information: https://www.tacomaschools.org/mv/Pages/default.aspx

Who to call or email:
McKinney-Vento Liaisons
Linda Seferian: 253-571-6791
Linda Martin: 253-571-6790


Under the McKinney-Vento act you have a right to an education without barriers, which means you can:

  • Receive a free public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you lack documents normally required for enrollment
  • Attend classes while the school gathers your missing documents
  • Enroll in the school closest to you or the school you were last enrolled in (school of origin), even if you have been forced to relocate
  • Receive transportation to and from your school of origin
  • Receive all the same educational services other students receive, even if you can’t pay
  • Participate in before-and-after school programs
  • Receive counseling
  • Receive free breakfast and lunch
  • Participate in special education, bilingual, vocational and gifted programs
  • Receive free school supplies
  • Receive extra academic support (Title I/LAP)
  • Receive evaluation for disabilities