Homeless Education

The Student Support Services Homeless Education Program provides specific support and referral services for students and families living in temporary or inadequate housing through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  McKinney-Vento is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness.  It requires all local educational agencies to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youths as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Children and youths who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement
  • 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 cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above



Victoria Gonzalez - Student Support Specialist- 209·238·1517

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