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McKinney-Vento Act: Homeless Education Program

What is McKinney-Vento? 

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is Oregon Revised Statute ORS 339.115(7). 

Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school. To reach a district liaison, refer to the McKinney-Vento Liaison Contact List linked below or you may contact the district’s administrative office or the state Homeless Education Program office. 

American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children & Youth (ARP-HCY)

What is the American Rescue Plan?

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) into law. In recognition of the extraordinary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students experiencing homelessness, the ARP included an unprecedented $800 million to support the specific needs of homeless children and youth via the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief - Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Fund. 

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District Liaison Contacts

To ensure that families and students have access to assistance, districts must maintain a current McKinney-Vento contact with the state. Submit revisions or additions in a timely manner and refer to the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget Narrative User Guide (Contacts section, pages 8-9) for instructions.

Oregon’s Student Success Act has a Student Investment Account designed to support districts to reduce academic disparities and increase achievement of students in homeless living situations, those who are navigating poverty, and other historically underserved student groups. District Liaisons and ESDs are essential partners in this work. 

Homeless Student Data

 Data posted in this section (Counts of 1 to 5 students) have been suppressed to protect confidentiality. State totals are unduplicated, while other totals may include students identified more than once.

Student Data 2018-2022

​Unduplicated State Totals 2028-2022

2020-2021 Homeless Student Data
2019-2020 Homeless Student Data
2018-2019 Homeless Student Data

Students & Families

Liaisons, Districts, & ESDs



Responses to frequent questions from districts on how McKinney-Vento applies to students and families displaced by disasters such as wildfires.

National Links

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Chris James, McKinney-Vento Coordinator or Sarah Arbuckle, Administrative Specialist.