The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act Defines "homeless children and youth" as children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:
- sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- living in emergency or transitional shelters, or are abandoned in hospitals
- living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- living in cars, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- who are migratory children living in the above circumstances
Every school has a homeless education contact person who is trained in identifying students who qualify for the program. If you or someone you know is a student experiencing homelessness, please contact your school and ask for the Homeless Education Contact. You may also contact Hamblen County Homeless Education Liaison, Randy Greene or Federal Programs Supervisor, Dr. Christy Hogan-Young should you have any questions regarding the rights and services of homeless students.