McKinney Vento Homeless Act


The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed to help families who are homeless keep their children in school.

Definition of homelessness – The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and can include the following situations:

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home
  • Staying in a motel or hotel
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or domestic violence shelter
  • Staying in substandard housing
  • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station
  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
  • Abandoned in a hospital
  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

North Carolina Homeless Education Website

Parent/Unaccompanied Youth Rights

NCHE North Carolina Homeless Data

Questions and/or additional information related to McKinney-Vento may be directed to Pine Springs Prep’s McKinney-Vento liaison:

Sue Yencha, Student Services Director

NC State Coordinator’s name and phone number: Lisa Phillips – (337) 315-7491 or