McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
IF YOUR FAMILY LIVES IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:
- In a shelter
- In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
- In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Your eligible children have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference.
- If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.
If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available. There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.
Please contact (978) 420-1967 for more information about McKinney Vento services.
Family and Student Resources
Local Community Resources
The Haverhill Public Schools compiles and regularly updates these services and supports available to students and families. Please visit this link for information about meals and food pantries; emergency assistance with housing or clothing; social/emotional/therapeutic programs; and much more.
Resources from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: A Guide
If you are caring for a child with special needs, homelessness may be presenting even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help she/he needs. See this brochure for guidance and strategies.