Contact the school social worker at your child’s school
The McKinney Vento Act
The McKinney Vento Act is a federal law passed to help families who are homeless keep their children in school. It addresses educational challenges and guarantees students the right to immediate enrollment, it removes barriers and helps students "in transition" succeed in school.
The term “homeless children and youth”—
A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
B. includes —
children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; or are living in emergency or transitional shelters or are abandoned in hospitals.
children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings...
children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
migratory children who qualify as homeless; and
Youths living on their own, living with others, runaways, or have been kicked out. At each school, the school social worker is designated as the school-based Homeless Liaison. To access services, contact the school social worker at your child's school.
Resources and Information:
For More Information call:
Pamela Story, Homeless Liaison. Phone: 910 678-2621
2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Dr. Natasha Scott, MSW