McKinney-Vento Act: Help for Students Experiencing Homelessness



The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation, in effect since 1987, that ensures the rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure that homeless children and youth are enrolled in and succeed in school.  The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. 


Students in the following situations may be entitled to additional support:

·         Living with other families or friends (i.e. doubled-up housing)

·         Living in hotels or motels

·         Living in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or transitional housing

·         Living in cars, abandoned buildings, parks, on the street, or other public spaces

·         Living as a runaway or in homeless youth shelters

·         Living in temporary foster care placement


McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:

·         Attend school in the attendance area where they are currently living.

·         Attend the school of origin (the school they attended when they became homeless), or the school in which they were last enrolled.

·         Support enrolling and succeeding in school from the district McKinney-Vento Liaison.

·         Receive transportation to their school, if necessary.

·         Free school meals (Mc Kinney-Vento Liaison will complete the application).

·         Services for English Language Learners, Special Education, and/or Gifted Education.

·         Receive tutoring services focusing on academic assistance.

·         Receive Preschool services.


Community Resources:

·         Hopelink – 425-556-9283-shelter  or 425 869-6000 – Food Bank

·         Crisis Clinic – 877-211-WASH or 206 461-3200

·         Eastside Domestic Violence – 425-746-1940 or 1-800- 827-8840

·         Eastgate Public Health – 206-296-4920 or 1 800 244-4312

·         Friends of Youth – 206-236-5437

·         Youth Eastside Services “YES” – 425-747-4937

·         TEENLINK – 206-461-4922 1-866-833-6546    www.866TEENLINK.ORG

·         Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS)  206 341-7404


Additional  Resources:

·         Melinda Dyer, Program Supervisor – State of Washington

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

·         National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAECHY)

·         National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)


District and State Policies:



If you have questions or require assistance, please contact:

Bellevue School District’s McKinney-Vento Liaison:  Betty Takahashi, 425-456-4241,

Supervisor Title I & LAP:  LeAnn Tuupo, 425-456-4135,


Are you a Homeless student?  E-mail:



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