IPS provides services to students and families experiencing homelessness in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Act ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless as: an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. Any displaced child or youth who is residing temporarily with family or friends due to economic hardship or loss of housing; or is living in a shelter, motel or campgrounds; or is couch surfing.
Children and youth in transition who fit the McKinney-Vento definition have certain rights, including:
- Immediate enrollment, even if they lack the documents needed at the time of enrollment.
- Free meals and textbooks.
- Assist with retrieval of immunization records and birth certificates
- Transportation to and from the school of origin.
- Referrals to community resources (i.e., counseling, medical, dental and mental health referrals).
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) verification letters.
- Participation in before- and after-school programs.
- School uniforms and school supplies.
- Cap and gowns for graduating seniors.
In transition? Unstable housing situation? IPS will connect you with resources to keep your academic success on track.
- Outreach, Inc. – Wraparound homeless youth services
- Stopover, Inc. – Shelter and housing for homeless youth
- http://marionhealth.org/ - Immunizations, physicals and birth certificates
- Community Partners for Child Safety - Assist parent with meeting goals to stabilize family
- Family and Social Services Administration - FSSA – Medicaid, SNAP program and IMPACT
- https://www.cagi-in.org/ - Crisis Assistance, Housing, Outreach
- Connect 2 Help - 211 – Indianapolis Community Resources
McKinney-Vento Act Contacts and Links
Deepali Jani -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Department of Education, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Coordinator
- INEHCY -- Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth
- NCHE -- National Center for Homeless Education
- NAEHCY -- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
For questions regarding the McKinney-Vento Act or access to resources please contact McKinney-Vento Liaison Charie Gibson. You may also contact the school to speak with the social worker for assistance.