McKinney-Vento Homeless Information

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized under Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) ensures rights and services for children and youth experiencing unstable housing.  This federal law removes barriers to education for students in need. According to the U.S. Department of Education, children and youth living in the following situations are considered homeless (this definition is unique to schools):

  • Doubled up with family or friends due to economic hardship
  • Living in motels or hotels for lack of other suitable housing
  • Runaway children and youth
  • Homes for unwed or expectant mothers for lack of a place to live
  • Homeless and domestic violence shelters
  • Transitional housing programs
  • Abandoned buildings or on the street
  • Public places not meant for housing
  • Cars, trailers, and campgrounds
  • Migratory children staying in housing not fit for habitation

McKinney-Vento Resources

McKinney Vento Contact Information

Options Schools Liaison:
Matthew Petersen
McKinney Vento Liaison
317-773-8659 Ext. 1108

Indiana Department of Education State Liaison:
Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities
Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist


* About Options Schools *
Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 135 school districts (and counting) across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in virtual and in-person formats.