McKinney-Vento Support

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was created to ensure that homeless children have the same opportunity to be successful in school as non-homeless children. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homelessness as lacking a "fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence."

Barb Jahnke - Family Liaison/McV/Foster

(478) 741-3610 Ext 1317

Q: Who is homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Act?

A: Children, youth and/or families are homeless if they are:

  • Living doubled up with another family due to loss of housing or other hardship
  • Staying in shelters, including domestic abuse shelters
  • Living in locations such as: -Motels - Hotels - Cars - Parks - Abandoned buildings


Q: What do I do if I am forced to move from my home?

A: You should do the following:

  • Contact your homeless coordinator at (478) 741-3610, extension 49451 to get help in enrolling your children in a new school or to keep your children in the school they were attending before you moved
  • Tell your new school what will help your children suceed
  • Ask the homeless coordinator for help in getting food, clothing, and school supplies

Q: What do I do if I am homeless?

A: If you are in a homeless situation, ask to speak to your district's Homeless Contact person to assist you in getting your needs met and arranging services

Q: How can the Homeless Education Program help?

A: The HEP explains your rights and helps you get the following services at no cost:

  • Enrollment assistance, including help in obtaining needed school and medical records to include immunizations
  • Transportation (when eligible)
  • Free breakfast/lunch
  • Tutorial programs
  • Books and school supplies
  • Waiver of school fees
  • Referral to social service agencies, community resources, and other related services that can assist homeless families with basic needs
  • Assistance with the appeal process if you feel your rights have been denied