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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that provides certain rights and protections to students who are experiencing homelessness.Under this law, homeless means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason. It includes students and youths (preschool - grade 12) who are:

  • Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing.

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.

  • Living in cars, parks, public or private spaces not designed for humans to live, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings.

  • "Doubled up" by living with friends or family.

  • Unsuitable living conditions, such as lack of utilities, mold, infestations, or dangers.

Migratory students and unaccompanied youth, youth not in the physical custody of a parent / guardian, may be considered homeless if they meet the above definition.

Oregon School District Policy 323 addresses homeless children.  If you believe your student may be eligible under McKinney-Vento, please contact our Homeless Liaison or your student's School Social Worker.

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Homeless Liaison

Caitlin Petersen

Social Worker
Brooklyn Elementary, Early Learning / 4K