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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

Homeless Liaison - Karina Aliano                                                                                    State Coordinator - Lisa Phillips

Phone: (336) 744-7138                                                                                                               Email:


NC Homeless Education Program Website:

The term “homeless children and youths” is defined as:

  1. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103 (a)(1)); and

  2. includes—

    1. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

    2. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103 (a)(2)(C));

    3. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

    4. migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses

(i) through (iii). (42 U.S.C. § 11434a(2)).


McKinney-Vento Act

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - 

Know Your Rights:

NCHE Website:

National Center for Homeless Education

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