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Homeless & Families in Transition

Education Services for the Homeless

 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is included in No Child Left Behind as Title X-C. The 2002 re-authorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. (Arizona Department of Education)

 Definition of homelessness under McKinney-Vento 

If your family lives in any of the following situations because you cannot find affordable housing:

  • in a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground
  • on the street
  • in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • double-up with friends or relatives

You have the right:

  • to go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there
  • continue in the school you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended
  • receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless
  • enroll in school without giving a permanent address
  • enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and/or immunization record.

 Educational Assistance under McKinney-Vento

If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for some assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Our district Homeless Liaison can assist in determining your eligibility for our programs. Contact Michael Karpinski, or at 480-575-2009.


CCUSD Homless Liaison
Michael Karpinski

CCUSD Schools Director of Transportation
Pam Nelson

Arizona Department of Education
Homeless Education Coordinator
Alexis Clenrmont

National Center for Homeless Education

Community Information and Referral

Contacts Shelter Hot-line

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Arizona Self Help

Foothills Food Bank