Homeless Education

Education for Homeless Youth

42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.

Date of Issue: February 3, 2010

Date of Review: December 10, 2016, August 19, 2015, September 1, 2011



In 1987, Congress passed the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, (subsequently renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) to aid homeless persons. The Act defines the term “homeless children and youths” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted, amending McKinney-Vento.


This Basic Education Circular (BEC) explains the categories of children who are “homeless” and entitled to the protections of the federal law. (Continued in Full Document Below)

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Helpful Documents for Homeless Education

Policy 251 Homeless MUASDECYEH Reginal map
Common SignsECYEH Infographic
Coordinating Title1 with homeless serviceTransportation
ECYEH School Staff GuideChild Homeless Report
Definition and SignsPotential Indicators
Homeless TrainingQuick Guide Counselors
Removing Barriers to online EnrollmentAdministration documents
ECYEH General Guide
ECYEH General BrochureBest Interest
ECYEH Unaccompanied BrochureCaregiver Authorization Form
ECYEH Parent BrochureBirth Certificate Request Form
ECYEH Brochure 318College Unaccompanied Youth Letter
LEA Permanently Housed Letter
LEA Mileage Reimbursement Form
MUASD Student Residency Questionnaire
MV Intake Form MUASD
My Eligibility Redetermination form
MV Enrollment Additional Information
MV Procedural Safeguards MUASD
Parent/unaccompanied Transportation agreement
Dispute Resolution
Procedural Safeguards Notice of denial of EnrollmentDispute Resolution Process
Dispute Letter (English)Dispute Letter (Spanish)