The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act is a federal law that provides rights and protections to homeless children and youth.
The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Homeless Education Program exists to remove barriers to education and promote academic success by developing and implementing policies, procedures, and systems that support enrollment and retention of children and youth experiencing unstable housing. Our goals are to provide one-on-one assistance with basic needs through the Student and Family Outreach Program; prompt close working relationships between families and school district personnel; and encourage collaboration between the school district and community agencies.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students in any of the following situations may qualify for homeless assistance: students who are living "doubled up" with family or friends due to economic hardship; students who are living in inadequate housing that lacks proper utilities or electricity, windows or walls, or has an insect or rodent infestation; students who are living in homeless shelters; students who are living in parks or cars; students who are completely unsheltered; and students who are not living with their parent or legal guardian, involuntarily, due to economic hardship or family conflict.
The team of liaisons that make up the Student and Family Outreach Program support all the district's homeless students and families. Leigh Her-Moua is the lead homeless liaison for Adams 12 Five Star Schools and can be reached at (720) 972-4759.