Homeless Education Network (HEN)

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    The Homeless Education Network (HEN) supports students to reduce barriers to educational success.

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title IX, Part A of ESSA) is the primary piece of legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Specific provisions ensure the enrollment, accessibility, and educational stability for students lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

    Services include:

    • Identification of students

    • Immediate enrollment

    • Transportation services (depending on eligibility)

    • Referrals to internal and external partners

    • Unaccompanied youth FAFSA letters

    Find your school's McKinney-Vento Specialist here!

    If you need to refer a student to another district, use this link to find other McKinney-Vento liaisons.

    Students and Families may qualify if they are living in the following situations:
    • Shelter or Transitional Housing Program
    • Motel/Hotel
    • Doubled up with friend of relative due to loss of housing and economic hardship
    • Unsheltered- parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings
    • Unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody or presence of a parent or legal guardian and living in one of the above situations

    Visit the HEN website to learn more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act and HEN services.