Homeless Services

McKinney – Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law guaranteeing all children and youth the right to an equal education, regardless of their living situation.

Protection under the McKinney-Vento Act extends to those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

This includes youth in shelters, motels, campgrounds, trailer parks, and those that are living with relatives or friends due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.  Hidden homeless are also included - those who are constantly moving from one place to another without a permanent adequate nighttime residence.

Homeless Education Liaison

Maryjane Million

217-243-1804 ext. 2



Helpful Links:

Illinois State Board of Education, Homeless Education: 


Link to the Common Form to report a child homeless:


National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth:


National Coalition for the Homeless:


Safe Harbor House