McKinney-Vento (Homeless Assistance)
Homeless Support Program
- Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
- Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters or transitional housing (this generally includes a time limit on the housing assistance and case management by the housing agency)
- Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
- Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
- Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
- Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
- Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations
Families should complete the district's Housing Questionnaire and submit it to the McKinney-Vento Liaison to see if your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.
Local Housing Resources are also available through:
- Text 211 - or www.211lakecounty.org
- Lake County Housing Authority - https://www.lakecountyil.gov/1950/Homeless-Assistance
- PADS Lake County - https://www.padslakecounty.org/
UNDER THE MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT, YOUR ELIGIBLE CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference. **If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided for other students, according to your children’s needs.
If you believe your children may be eligible, please contact the support liaison below to find out what services and supports may be available.
- District 121 Local Liaison – Janice Zimmerman, 847-548-6853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- O'Plaine Campus Registrar - Christy Thedorf, 847-599-4761 or email@example.com
- Almond Campus Registrar - Jen Salmi, 847-548-6740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you need further assistance with your children’s educational needs, you may contact the National Center for Homeless Education at 1-800-308-2145 or email@example.com* http://nche.ed.gov