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Families in Transition
Have you experienced a loss or change in housing due to a financial situation or disaster?
 If you are living with friends or family or in a hotel or campground,
If you are a Minor who has had to leave home,
You may qualify for assistance under the Federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Call, text or email for more information!!
Newport McKinney Vento Program Liaison - Stacey Hammerlind
603-454-8271
SHammerlind@SAU43.org

Read more about the McKinney-Vento Act Below:
MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT 

Provides certain rights and protection for families experiencing homelessness. 
 According to the McKinney-Vento, anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence is homeless.

A student is considered
“homeless” if he or she is presently:

  • Living in a shelter
  • Living in a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of adequate housing
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • “Doubled up” living with friends or family due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • An “unaccompanied youth” living without a parent/guardian
  • A child of a migrant worker
  • In other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence

Know your educational rights! 
Under the federal McKinney­-Vento Act, 
children and youth in homeless situations
 have the right to: 

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records
  • Attend either the local school or the “school of origin”, if this is in their best interest; the “school of origin” is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled
  • Receive transportation support to and from the “school of origin” if in the best interest of the child(ren)
  • Free lunches for the school year
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs