The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that defines “Homelessness.” It states that students should be considered homeless when they lack a fixed, adequate and regular nighttime residence and specifies what school districts’ obligations are.
Fixed means having a residence that is stationary, permanent, and not subject to geographic relocation. Adequate means the residence sufficiently meets physical and psychological needs of the student so that s/he can appropriately participate in school. Regular means the student intends and is able to use the residence on a nightly basis.
For example, a student would be considered homeless if s/he were living in an emergency or transitional housing shelter, shared housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship ("doubled-up" or “couch surfing”), was living in hotels/ motels/ campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing or living in cars, parks, etc.
All school-age children are covered under this law. In New York State this includes all children until they receive their high school diploma, or through the school year in which they turn 21 years old, whichever comes first.
Contact the school district’s homeless liaison or one of the two homeless liaisons at WSWHE BOCES. At the Southern Adirondack Education Center, email Carisa Woods-Gerber or call 746-3537.
At the F. Donald Myers Education Center, email Miriam Davis-Doern or call 581-3690.
Duane Vaughn, Director
PO Box 3252
Glens Falls, NY 12801
NYS-TEACHS at Advocates for Children is an advocacy organization that provides support to homeless students and families. Call 1-800-388-2014 or visit their website.
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