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Homeless and Foster Youth Support - McKinney-Vento Act

HomelessThe McKinney-Vento Act (MKV) is a Federal Law that breaks down barriers for children and youth experiencing homelessness by providing immediate enrollment regardless of any missing (required) documents usually needed to enroll in school. It also ensures that children and youth under this act (MKV) have all the essentials to succeed in school.

The essentials offered by FUSD under this act (MKV) include tutoring, bus/Bart tickets, school supplies, backpack, Chromebooks, hotspots, shoes, sweaters, jackets, socks, and undergarments. Families can be referred to community partners for additional challenges they may be experiencing that are not directly addressed by FUSD. 

Definition of homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act is as follows
Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Children and youth who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above

Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. 

Your eligible children have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible.
    • If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision. For Dispute resolution please complete the following form: MKV Dispute Resolution Form (pdf)
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.

If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available. There also may be support available for your preschool-age children.
 

FUSD Liaison

Family Liaison working with Homeless and Foster Youth students & Families:   

Melissa Espinoza
510-657-2350 x12378

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

   ENROLL IN SCHOOL

   INSCRIBIRTE EN LA ESCUELA

Alameda County Liaison

Elizabeth Tarango
510-670-7752

State Coordinator

Leanne Wheeler
1-866-856-8214