McKinney-Vento Act

Niner University Elementary McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act Statement

The Niner University Elementary School Homeless Liaison is Thomas Underwood: email:, phone: (980) 343-0733.

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act (hereinafter the “McKinney Vento Act”) is the primary piece of legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act is also known as Title X, Part C of the Every Students Succeeds Act.

The McKinney Vento Act defines homeless children and youth to mean “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” (42 U.S.C. § 11434a(2)). The definition includes ” i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals; ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…; iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and iv. migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).” (42 U.S.C. § 11434a(2))

For additional information regarding resources or services for homeless children and youth, please refer to the North Carolina Homeless Education Program website (

Parents and unaccompanied youth should also consult the website at

Parent Booklet:



The NC Homeless Liaison Coordinator is Lisa Phillips email: