Children Who are Homeless or Living in Temporary Housing

Students who live in Temporary Housing
Have Protections and Additional Rights
to Immediate Enrollment. 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that discusses the public education of children and youth in temporary housing. Under McKinney-Vento and state law, students are considered to be in temporary housing if their nighttime residenc
e is not fixed, regular, and adequate. Some examples of temporary housing include:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or other similar reason

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Abandoned in hospitals

  • Living a in public or private place not designed for sleeping

  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc.

  • Migratory living in circumstances described above

Children and youth in temporary housing can enroll in school without the documents normally needed to enroll. 


Mary Breslin
McKinney-Vento Liaison
Phone: (518) 410-0290
Email:   [email protected]

Housing Questionnaire

  Housing Questionnaire  (word)

  Housing Questionnaire (pdf)

Brochure:  Is your housing uncertain?

      English Brochure [PDF]

    Spanish Brochure

Tips for Parents and Guardian

Quick Tips for Parents and Guardians

Quick Tips for Parents and Guardians (Spanish) [PDF]


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