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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

About the Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was originally passed into law in 1987 and represented the first significant U.S. federal legislative response to homelessness. The Act 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. The education subtitle was reauthorized most recently by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act.