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NJUHSD McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, each site is required by law to have a liaison who coordinates services related to the act. Families who are experiencing homelessness should reach out to their designated Homeless Education site liaison to inquire about services and programs that their child may qualify for.
NJUHSD McKinney-Vento Lead Aurora Thompson
Bear River High School - Nanci Smith 
Ghidotti Early College High School - Suzanna ShenkTiffany
Nevada Union High School - June Gilfillan 
North Point Academy - Karla Aaron 
Silver Springs High School - Jen Layton

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Homeless Youth Services -- McKinney-Vento

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandates that all local school districts have a homeless education liaison who ensures that:
  • Homeless children and youth are identified
  • Homeless students are immediately enrolled and attend school regardless of paperwork barriers (such as lack of address or proof of immunizations)
  • Homeless families, children, and youth receive all educational services for which they are eligible and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school
  • Parents or guardians are informed of the educational opportunities available to their children
  • Homeless students have the right to remain in their school of origin (school attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) for the duration of their homelessness or until the end of the academic year in which they move into permanent housing
  • Unaccompanied youth are assisted in placement/enrollment decisions
  • Enrollment disputes are mediated
Schools should protect the dignity of families in transition by following the procedures established by their district under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including confidentiality. 

When are Students Considered Homeless?

Many children and families who are eligible for help do not consider themselves homeless. According to the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Education Assistance Act, a family is considered homeless if living in any of the following situations: Lack a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence including:

  • Children and youth 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.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above.
  • Living in a shelter, motel, or hotel
  • Living in an unsheltered residence– such as a car or park
  • Sharing housing (doubled-up or couch-surfing) due to economic hardship
  • Living in campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Unaccompanied children or youth (i.e. not in the physical custody of their parents or guardians)

Services NJUHSD May Be Able to Provide:

  • Assistance with gathering educational records from the last school attended
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Enrollment in Free and Reduced Lunch programs
  • Financial assistance for educational needs
  • Adjusted graduation requirements if needed