Temporary Housing Situation or Homeless (McKinney-Vento)

Who is eligible for services?

McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless *42 U.S.C § 11434a(2)

The term “homeless children and youth”

  1. Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…,; and
  2. Includes-
    1. Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
    2. Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…,;
    3. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
    4. Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (a) through (c).
McKinney-Vento Rights

Homeless youth can enroll in school even if they have uncertain housing, a temporary address or no permanent physical address. They are guaranteed enrollment in school by the federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law if they live: 

  • In a shelter (family, domestic violence or youth shelter) or a transitional living program
  • In a motel, hotel or weekly rate housing
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
  • In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not a parent or guardian
  • In substandard housing without electricity, water or heat
  • With friends or family because they are a runaway or unaccompanied youth
To enroll or attend school, if you live under any of these conditions, you do not need to provide:

  • Proof of residency
  • Immunization records or TB skin test results
  • School records
  • Legal guardianship papers
You may:

  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible
  • Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled even if you have moved away from that school's attendance boundary or district.
  • Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school of origin
  • Qualify automatically for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunches

For questions or support:

Contact Mrs.Crowe, Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Coordinator, at 714-795-3498 or [email protected]


Lunch at the Librar
y - Summer 2019
Select libraries in Orange County are offering healthy lunches to children and teens age 18 and under weekdays at noon. All meals are served on a first-come-first-served basis, and no registration, identification or application is needed. If you’ve got a library card you can even pick up a few books while you’re there.

Lunch at the Library is a program of the California Library Association, supported by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. While the Tustin Library started its program on June 3, most will begin serving lunches at noon today.

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