About The McKinney-Vento Act

      • The McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.) is a federal law that addresses the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness and educational challenges created by homelessness.  It guarantees students the right to enroll, attend, and succeed in school.  As a requirement of the federal law, all public school districts in the United States must appoint a liaison that will ensure compliance with the federal law.

        The law defines homeless to include (but not limited to) the following temporary living situations due to hardship:

        • Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing
        • Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence
        • Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter
        • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station
        • Living temporarily in substandard housing
        • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
        • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter; run away youth
        • Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home

      Services Provided

        • Immediate Enrollment
        • School Selection
        • Promoting stability, nutrition, and academic support.
        • Services are provided for the duration of the school year.
        • Services DO NOT renew automatically each year.

      Request Services

      • School Social Workers and McKinney-Vento District Liaison assess for service eligibility.  To obtain more information about services provided and how to access services, please contact the School Social Worker or the District McKinney-Vento Act Liaison.  District McKinney-Vento Act liaison information can be found on this page under contact information.

      Contact Information

      Parent University Parent Engagement Specialist (Interim Liaison)

      Carla Marlin Smith
      cmsmith@chccs.k12.nc.us
      (919) 918-2170 ext. 24006