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Homeless Education, Assistance, and Resource Team (HEART)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act has been reauthorized and incorporated into Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The reauthorization ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 



The federal government’s legal definition of homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is anyone who…

  • Lacks a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence (sub-standard housing).
  • Is sharing housing due to economic struggles (doubled-up).
  • Is living in a shelter, hotel or motel.
  • Is living in a public place not designed for sleeping (cars, parks).
  • Is an unaccompanied youth.
  • Is a child or youth abandoned in a hospital.
  • Is a migrant child who qualifies under any of the above. 

2-1-1 Orange County
Call 2-1-1 or (800) 600-4357

Youth Crisis Line
(800) 843-5200

Domestic Violence
(877) 854-3594

Child Abuse Registry
(800) 207-4464

Forms and Brochures:

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