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McKinney-Vento Act: Homeless Assistance

The McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.) is a federal law that addresses the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness and educational challenges created by homelessness and guarantees students the right to enroll, attend, and succeed in school. 

The law defines homeless to include the following temporary living situations due to hardship:
  • Example living situations that may qualify include, but are not limited to:
    • Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing
    • Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence
    • Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter
    • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station
    • Living temporarily in substandard housing
    • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
    • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter; run away youth
    • Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home

Contact Information

Roslyn Moffitt
McKinney-Vento District Liaison
919-967-8211 ex. 28260
rmoffitt@chccs.k12.nc.us

Lisa Phillips
McKinney-Vento State Coordinator
336-316-7491

As a requirement of the federal law, all public school districts in the United States must appoint a liaison that will ensure compliance with the federal law.  In Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the McKinney-Vento program includes a District Liaison.

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Services provided include immediate enrollment, school selection promoting stability, nutrition and academic support. McKinney-Vento services are provided for the duration of a school year and do not automatically renew. School Social Workers and McKinney-Vento District Liaison assess for eligibility. To obtain more information about services provided and how to access services, please contact the School Social Worker or the District McKinney-Vento Act Liaison.