Provides certain rights and protection for families experiencing homelessness.

According to the McKinney-Vento, anyone who lacks a fixed,
regular and adequate night-time residence is homeless.

For more information about your child(ren)'s rights under the

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact:

Courtney Porter

Homeless Liaison


3,193 pencils on a table
3, 913 pencils represent the number of homeless children and youth reported by NH schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

A student is considered

"homeless" if he or she is presently:
  • Living in a shelter
  • Living in a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of adequate housing
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • "Doubled up" living with friends or family due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • An "unaccompanied youth" living without a parent/guardian
  • A child of a migrant worker
  • In other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence

Know your educational rights!

Under the federal McKinney­-Vento Act,
children and youth in homeless situations
have the right to:
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records
  • Attend either the local school or the "school of origin", if this is in their best interest; the "school of origin" is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled
  • Receive transportation support to and from the "school of origin" if in the best interest of the child(ren)
  • Free breakfast and lunch for the school year
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs


National Center for Homeless Education

Office of ESEA Title Programs

NH Coalition to End Homelessness

NH Street Outreach Programs


SchoolHouse Connection


Dispute Process

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