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The McKinney-Vento Act requires all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), which includes all school districts, charter schools, and BOCES, to designate an appropriate staff person to serve as the McKinney-Vento Liaison, to help students in temporary housing and their families. The McKinney-Vento liaison is sometimes referred to as the homeless liaison. Click on the links below for tools that liaisons can use in helping to answer general questions about the McKinney-Vento Act.
Find answers to commonly asked questions about liaison responsibilities under the McKinney-Vento Act.
This toolkit is intended to assist LEA liaisons by providing information on increasing access to and success in education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Please note: this resource does not include information on transportation protocols specific to New York State. For more information, please see our page on transportation.
This document provides helpful information on what to do and what not to do when determining if a student is eligibile for services under McKinney-Vento. Please note: this document does not include information about the newly strengthened privacy protections for students in temporary housing. With the reauthorization of McKinney-Vento under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which went into effect on October 1, 2016, there are stronger privacy protections that protect the confidentiality of address information for students in temporary housing. For more information, please see our page on student privacy.
This brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with the identification of homeless children and youth and offers strategies for implementation.
This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and updated January 2008, describes several methods for identifying, counting, and learning about homeless people outside of shelters or other residential programs within a local homeless assistance network.
Housing Questionnaire [Word doc]
This new Housing Questionnaire should be used by all school districts as the first page of the enrollment packet for all newly enrolling students. The Housing Questionnaire should also be given to all students/families any time they report a change of address. The Housing Questionnaire was updated on November 11, 2016, and it replaces the former Enrollment Form/Residency Questionnaire. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires all LEAs that receive Title I funds (including school districts, charter schools, and BOCES) to use the Housing Questionnaire. NYSED also encourages all other Local Educational Agencies, to use the Housing Questionnaire, because it asks about students' living arrangements in order to identify students experiencing homelessness in the school district.
This is a Sample Enrollment Process that school districts may follow for immediately enrolling temporarily housed students in school.
Sample Transportation Protocol [Word doc]
This Sample Transportation Protocol is designed to help facilitate communication between school districts and local departments of social services where the local department of social services is responsible for arranging transportation for a student in temporary housing. This Protocol is a model that school districts and local departments of social services may use; they are not required to use this Protocol. School districts and local departments of social services are welcome to adapt this Protocol to better meet their needs.
Laws and Policies
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Reauthorized by Title IX Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act [PDF]
This document is the full text of the federal reauthorization of the McKinney-VEnto Homeless Education Assistance Act under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which went into effect on October 1, 2016. McKinney-Vento liaison responsibilities are discussed in section 11432(g)(6)(A).
New York State Education Law Section 3209 [Word doc]
Important changes to New York Education Law Section 3209 governing the rights of students in temporary housing went into effect on April 20, 2017. They reflect changes to the federal McKinney-Vento Act that were made under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A clean version of Education Law Section 3209 is available here. A marked up version of Education Law Section 3209 is available here. Immediate enrollment and immunizations are discussed in sub-section (2)(e)-(f).
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
9/19/17 Training with HSU and Broome Street Academy
9/26/17 Training @ Nassau BOCES
10/23/17 Training @ ES BOCES
10/17/17 NYC School-Based Liaison Responsibilities
10/19/17 Liaison Responsibilities (NYS)
10/24/17 NYC Transportation
11/02/17 Transportation (NYS)