What Is McKinney-Vento?

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. Various living arrangements meet the McKinney- Vento definition of homeless, thereby qualifying the child or youth as eligible for services under the Act.

Who qualifies for McKinney-Vento?

● Children or Youth that lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

● Families who are “doubled-up” sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

● Families living in motels/hotels, trailer parks, and camping grounds due to a lack of adequate alternative accommodations

● Families living in emergency or transitional shelters

Defining unaccompanied youth

An unaccompanied youth is any student not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal


Rights & Services

  • Immediate Enrollment

  • Transportation

  • No cost meals

  • Family Resource Closet

MCS Referral Form

Martin County Schools Dispute Process

Martin County Schools Homeless Liaison

LeighAnne Stokes

Leigh Anne Stokes, BSW

Social Worker
Riverside High School



State Coordinator

Lisa Phillips lphillips@serve.org

North Carolina Homeless Education Program https://hepnc.uncg.edu/