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Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education, ensured by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students. 

  • in a transitional, domestic, emergency shelter, or a youth shelter
  • in a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • temporarily living with friends or family members because housing was lost.
  • in the community -- living in a car, on the street, or in an abandoned building.
  • staying with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
Students' rights:
  • receive a no-cost and appropriate public education
  • stay in school and attend school currently being attended
  • enroll in school without a permanent address, immunizations, or records
  • get school meals at no cost
  • be provided transportation to school
  • receive other educational services
More information available from the National Center for Homeless Education: