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.
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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—
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: