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National Center for Homeless Education: Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services

This National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) brief explores the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness in detail, and provides a step-by-step guide for making determinations of McKinney-Vento eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

National Center for Homeless Education: Determining McKinney-Vento Program Eligibility webpage

This NCHE webpage provides informational and practical resources on determining student eligibility for McKinney-Vento rights and services.

National Center for Homeless Education: The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless

This NCHE webpage shares the definition of homelessness used by U.S. public schools, as established under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

SchoolHouse Connection: Federal Education Definition of Homeless flyer

This SchoolHouse Connection flyer summarizes the four primary nighttime residence categories included in the McKinney-Vento education definition of homeless: Shelters/Transitional Housing, Hotels/Motels, Staying with Others (“Doubling Up”), and Unsheltered.

Sample Materials

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Sample Questions to Ask the Students or Parents for Information Gathering

This one-pager from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides questions designed to assist in gathering information from families or youth to determine the extent to which their living arrangement is fixed, regular, and adequate.