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"The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title X, Part C defines homelessness as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. The definition includes children and youth who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Abandoned in hospitals;
  • Awaiting foster care placement;
  • Using a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
(Source: Child Trends Volume 3, Issue 1-February 2012)

Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness
Phone: (517) 373-9078
Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is a nonprofit membership organization formed as an association of emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, nonprofit housing and service programs, government programs and concerned citizens from across the State.
Address: 15851 Old US-27, Building 30, Suite 315
  Lansing, MI 48906
MDE - Education of Homeless Children & Youth
Education of Homeless Children and Youth
To ensure that homeless children and youth in Michigan have access to a free and appropriate public school education. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle VII-B) of 2002, part of No Child Left Behind, requires the Department to implement the following:
  • Review and revise, if necessary, all legislation, policies and procedures which impede the enrollment and educational success of homeless children and homeless youth
  • Collect and report data regarding the number and location of homeless children and homeless youth
  • Adopt a state plan to establish comparable procedures for local and intermediate school boards to enroll and educate homeless children and homeless youth
  • Make grants available to local educational agencies to facilitate enrollment, attendance and educational success of homeless children and homeless youth
  • Coordinate interagency programs and activities with federal, state and local agencies to enhance effective implementation of the McKinney Act
Website: MDE - Education of Homeless Children & Youth website.
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