• McKinney-Vento Act


    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that works to ensure educational stability for homeless youth.  The McKinney-Vento act allows homeless students to enroll in school and receive transportation immediately.  The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.”  Examples of children who fall under this definition include:

    (a) Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;

    (b) Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations”

    (c) Children living in “emergency or transitional shelters”

    (d) Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)

    (e) Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations…”

     Who are Homeless Children and Youth?

    Below are links to additional information for individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness.


    Community Unit School District 200 is committed to educating students who meet the guidelines under McKinney-Vento.  If you have further questions regarding homelessness, please contact our District Homeless Liaisons:

    Dr. Christopher Silagi, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

    Traci Burnham, Social Work Department Chair

    130 West Park Avenue
    Wheaton, IL 60189

    FAX: 630-682-2227


    For more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/homeless/legislation.html