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Federal Statutes and Guidance

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Learn more about key pieces of federal legislation related to the education and well-being of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Visit each legislative webpage for access to the full text of the statute, regulations, guidance, and other official resources related to the statute and its implementation.

Mckinney-vento act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary federal statute that authorizes assistance to people experiencing homelessness, including housing interventions and supportive services. Subtitle VII-B, the education subtitle, establishes the definition of homeless used by U.S. public schools and authorizes rights and services to address the unique educational barriers and challenges faced by children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

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Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families. Students experiencing homelessness are categorically eligible for Title I services, and may be served under Title I schoolwide programs, targeted assistance programs, or the Title I set-aside for students experiencing homelessness.

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