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Homeless Assistance/McKinney-Vento

Homeless Assistance/McKinney-Vento 2021-04-13T16:53:13-06:00

Vision: To ensure that children experiencing homelessness or unaccompanied youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.

Mission: To work with school districts, schools and other partners in order to provide educational stability to students experiencing homeless by removing barriers such as enrollment in school, transportation, access to school meals, appropriate education and extra-curricular activities.

Federal definition of a homeless child or youth

Students who qualify for this program include children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

The term includes—Children and youths who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”);
  • living in motels, hotels, RV parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
  • abandoned in hospitals;
  • 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;
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

If, due to a loss of housing, a child must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then they are eligible to receive services provided under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Homeless Liaisons for New Mexico Districts and Charters

According to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), every school district or state charter school must have a designated homeless liaison, regardless of whether or not the school district or state charter school receives McKinney-Vento funding.

Each local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths, shall ensure that —

  • homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies;
  • homeless children and youths enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, schools of that local educational agency;
  • homeless families, children, and youths receive educational services for which such families, children, and youths are eligible, including Head Start and Even Start programs and preschool programs administered by the local educational agency, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services;
  • the parents or guardians of homeless children and youths are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  • public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;
  • enrollment disputes are mediated; and
  • the parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and is assisted in accessing transportation to the school.


Request for Application Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program


School Year 2020-2021 Homeless Liaison Contact Information


Homeless Education Data


National Center for Homeless Education/ EDFacts NM State Profile: Click Here

Achievement and Graduation Data: Click Here


Covid Resources For LEAs

Homeless Student Referral Form for Community Partners Homeless & Housing Unstable Students LEGAL OBLIGATIONS & BEST PRACTICES FOR SCHOOL REENTRY

Homeless Student Referral Form for Community Partners

Assessing the Capacity of Districts’ Schools’ McKinney-Vento Liaisons for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program Weekly Bi-weekly Check-in Form

I Need Assistance/Financial Hardship Resources: Click Here

U.S. Department of Education Resources

Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Non-Regulatory Guidance

McKinney-Vento Title I Requirements

Mc-Kinney-Vento Federal Regulations

Every Student Succeeds Act Federal Regulations


New Mexico Laws

Transportation of Students Experiencing Homelessness

School Discipline Policies and Student Rights and Responsibilities

Immunization Requirements

Partial Credit for High School Courses for Students Who Experience Disruption


Resources for Schools and Pare

NCHE Homeless Liaison Toolkit
Educational Rights Posters English (Youth)
Educational Rights Posters Spanish (Youth)
Educational Rights Posters English (Parents)
Educational Rights Posters Spanish (Parents)
Higher Education Poster (English)
PED Memo-Educational Stability Guidelines for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Educational Stability Guidelines for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Educational Rights Brochure-English

Educational Rights Brochure-Spanish

Gasoline Card Guidelines

Gasoline Card Worksheet

School Immunization Requirements

Thriving Students (Trauma Informed Care Training)


Dispute Resolution

NM Educational Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness Dispute Resolution Form


National Center for Homeless Education Resources

Access to Food for Homeless


Sample Forms for Schools


Homeless Student Needs Assessment and Action Plan

Request Homeless Student Transportation

Referral to LEA Homeless Liaison

School of Origin Best Interest Determination

Gasoline Card Receipt Form


Higher Education Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Higher Education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Who Can Determine Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Status

Avoiding Common Free Application for Federal Student Aid Errors

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Documentation of Independent Status for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid



LEA Informal Needs Assessment

Additional Resources

NM Housing

For more information, please contact:

Dana Malone
State Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
New Mexico Public Education Department
Student Success & Wellness Bureau
Comprehensive School Supports Division

Page last updated April 13, 2021