• Homeless Assistance

    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.

    Student Resources


    Parent Resources


    McKinney-Vento Act Contacts and Links

    Deepali Jani -- djani@doe.in.gov
    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.