Area VI McKinney-Vento Homeless Program


The McKinney-Vento Act requires school districts to appoint a District Liaison to ensure homeless students are identified, enrolled, and connected with appropriate services. This position is essential to a district’s compliance with federal and state law. The local liaison has proven to be the key to the effective implementation of the Act.

ROE 21 is the Lead Area Liaison for the McKinney-Vento program and serves the school districts in the lower 27 counties of Illinois.  The program provides training and support to local school district liaisons to assist in the identification of McKinney-Vento eligible students. Program staff also network with community agencies to find resources for school supplies, clothing, transportation, and other items necessary for students to regularly attend school.

To contact your district’s liaison please click here

For additional information, please contact:
Mickey Sullivan
Johna Schullian
407 N. Monroe,
Suite 300

Marion, IL 62959

Phone (618) 998-1283 ext 212

Fax (618) 998-9226

Who is Homeless:

The term “homeless children and youth” as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act;

Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes—

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters or are abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Children and youths who are living in a cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings,
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above

McKinney-Vento Rights:

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures the educational rights and protections of homeless children and youth so that they may enroll in school, attend regularly, and be successful. The legislation requires a local homeless education liaison in every school district to assist children and unaccompanied youth in their efforts to attend school. This act guarantees homeless children and youth the following:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is reasonable) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing
  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent.
  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness.