McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

Homeless Education Services

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strengthened the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program. McKinney-Vento is designed to provide students experiencing homelessness with resources and protections that remove all educational barriers with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance, and success.

McKinney-Vento Act

The act’s services include children and youth from birth to 21 years of age that lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including those who:

  • Share housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Are abandoned in-hospital
  • Have a primary nighttime residence not designed for, or used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (storage units, garages, etc.)
  • Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Are migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances
  • Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian


Number of students experiencing homelessness

  • 2020-21: 1,313 (K-12)
  • 2019-20: 1,290 (K-12)
  • 2018-19: 1,208
  • 2017-18: 1,152
  • 2016-17: 1,041
  • 2015-16: 1,110
  • 2014-15: 1,043
  • 2013-14: 1,142
  • 2012-13: 953
  • 2011-12: 988
  • 2010-11: 1,021
  • 2009-10: 858


Students experiencing homelessness rights:

  • Immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment. (i.e., immunizations, proof of residency)
  • Attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing
  • Receive transportation to his/her school of origin
  • Services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services
  • Attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness
  • The posting of homeless students' rights in all schools and other places around the community


Helpful information:

  • McBackpack weekend food assistance for hungry students and their families.  Please contact Susan Lind: (970) 488-4859
  • FAFSA support is available beginning October 1.
  • Higher Education Single Points of Contact (SPOCS) for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Transitioning to Higher Education
  • 211 Larimer County Your link to community services


Emergency Support Donations accepted by using the link below.

Contact Information

Program Specialist for Homeless Education
Whitney Reid | 970.420.9208 |