McKinney-Vento Homeless Educational Rights


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 Cornerstone Charter Academy’s McKinney-Vento liaison:

Jennifer Croatt, Operations Manager

(336) 482-3855


North Carolina State Coordinator, Lisa Phillips