McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance and the Education for Homeless Children Act

  • Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children.  If you and your children are in a temporary living situation, your children have a right to:

    • Stay in the school or origin OR attend school in the school district in which you live
    • Receive transportation to and from your school of origin
    • Immediately enroll in school, with or without school or health records,
    • Receive free lunch and school fee waivers

    You and your children are eligible for these rights if you:

    • Share housing with others because of loss of housing, economic need, or domestic violence
    • Live in a shelter or motel
    • Live in a campground, park, car or abandoned building
    • Are without a permanent address

    Additional information can be found at or at the Illinois Homeless Education Program Hotline at 1-800-215-6379.
    For further assistance, please contact the District 26 Liaison:
    Dr. Jennifer Thomas
    224-357-5100 x4