McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that works to ensure educational stability for homeless youth.  The McKinney-Vento act allows homeless students to enroll in school and receive transportation without delay.  The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”  Examples of children who fall under this definition include:

  1. Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
  2. Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”
  3. Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”
  4. Children “awaiting foster care placement”
  5. Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  6. Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations…

Berkeley School District 87 is committed to educating students who meet the guidelines under McKinney-Vento. If you have questions or need assistance regarding homelessness, please contact the school office or special services at 708.449.3379For more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please visit


Berkeley School District 87 

McKinney-Vento Liason

Nicole Spatafore 

Director of Special Services

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