McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Irvington Community Schools believes community-based schools should play an integral role in cultivating a safe and meaningful environment where students and families are connected and thriving. This belief is demonstrated by purposefully aligning resources to address student and family needs.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law guaranteeing all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation. Homeless students are those who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals.

Your student may be eligible for educational services as identified through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. These services may include free before and after school care; transportation assistance; school uniform clothing; reduced school, book, sports, or club fees; eligibility for free school lunch program; and, access to food assistance. Eligibility is based on the current primary nighttime residence and can be determined by completing the ICS McKinney-Vento Identification Form. Applying for homeless status is not cause for a report to Indiana’s Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS is contacted only in cases of abuse or neglect, and NOT in the case of homelessness. Please contact Ms. Brinsley, ICS Counselor and McKinney-Vento Administrator, with any questions at or (317) 357-3770, ext. 4108.

*McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act refers only to Subtitle VII-B of the Act, the Education for Homeless Children and Youths program (42 U.S.C.  11431-11435).