• The McKinney Vento Act is a federal law passed to help families who are homeless keep their children in school.

    In January of 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to support the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.  The federal law entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school.  The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Guilford County Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school.

    Definition of homelessness: The law defines a child or youth as homeless as one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate residence. The following living situations may qualify under McKinney-Vento law: 

    • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home.
    • Staying in a motel or hotel.
    • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or domestic violence shelter.
    • Staying in substandard housing.
    • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station.
    • Living temporarily in substandard housing.
    • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home.
    • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter.
    • Youth living on their own or has left a permanent living situation.

    Total # Students Identified

    2022-2023     3,120

    2021-2022     2,525

    2020-2021     1,643

    2019-2020     2,118

    2018-2019     2,914

    2017-2018     3,247


    Please see links below for North Carolina's Homeless Education Data-

    NCHEP Profile web page

    NCHE NC State web page