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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.

  • Homeless students have a right to either remain in their school of origin or to attend school where they are temporarily residing;
  • Students who choose to remain in their school of origin have the right to remain there until the end of the school year in which they get permanent housing;
  • Students who choose to enroll in school where they are temporarily residing must be enrolled immediately, even if they do not bring the records usually required for enrollment with them; and
  • If a homeless student arrives without records, the school district's designated Homeless Education Liaison must assist the family and contact the previously attended school system to obtain the required records.

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), Office of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Website:

Brockton Public Schools has created this web page to provide resources to families needing assistance. The resources are divided into 4 categories: Education, Health, Housing & Shelter and Family & Community Resources.

Massachusetts Coalition for The Homeless 1-866-205-1770 x 100


Karen McCarthy
Title I Coordinator

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