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The McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” 

If your family lives in any of the following situations, your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney Vento Act:

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel or campground dur to the lack of an alternative adequate accomodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or a bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liason to find out what services and supports may be available. There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.
McKinney Vento

Local Liaison

Mariana Melendrez
(602) 683-2515 Ext. 6002

State Homeless Education Program Coordinator

Rita Rodriguez
(602) 542-4963

Links & Resources

Information for Parents
Informacion para los Padres

Family Housing Hub

Chicanos Por La Causa

Friendly House Rise Up Program
Rise Up Español