McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Serving Families in Transition

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act affords eligible students the rights to immediate enrollment, transportation/busing, automatic enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program, automatic enrollment in Title I services, all school-based services for which they qualify and participation in all programs and activities offered to students and families.

Who is Eligible for Services According to the McKinney-Vento Act?

The term “homeless children and youth” refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Under the law, a child may qualify as homeless if he or she is:

  • Living in an emergency shelter, domestic violence shelter, or transitional housing;
  • Living in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or campground, were abandoned in a hospital, or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • Living in a car, park, public place, bus or train station, abandoned building, or other structure not meant for housing;
  • Doubled-up with relatives or friends due to a loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • NOT living with a parent or legal guardian, is an unaccompanied youth living in a situation that meets one of the four definitions listed above.

How does the McKinney-Vento program work at Southmont Schools?

The McKinney-Vento liaison cialisfrance24.com assists in advocating for families and assisting them in coordinating the academic support for their children. The liaison works closely with each building in the district to assure eligible families receive needed support. The liaison assists families with school enrollment for eligible students (regardless of missing immunization or academic records) and arranges for busing or transportation assistance.


For more information or assistance with determining eligibility, contact the district's McKinney-Vento Liaison:
Brett Higgins
Southmont Schools
PO Box 8
New Market, Indiana  47965
765-866-0203

How can I access McKiney-Vento services?

If you feel your child or family meets one or more of the qualifications to receive services provided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and your child is currently or will be enrolled in one of our schools, please contact the liaison, Brett Higgins, at 765-866-0203 or call your school principal.

For more information on specific rights of students and parents, click here.

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