McKinney-Vento (Homelessness in NC)

District McKinney-Vento Liaison
Dr. Jessica Dreher
(336) 474-4238
*Note: At each school, the School Counselor serves as the school-based McKinney-Vento Point of Contact.*
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed in 1987 to help families who are homeless keep their children in school with minimal barriers. It was most recently re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 


The term “homeless children and youth”—

A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

B. includes —

  1. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters or are abandoned in hospitals.
  2. children and youths who have 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…
  3. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  4. migratory children who qualify as homeless.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Thomasville City Schools had 85 students identified as eligible to receive services under the McKinney-Vento Act. 
See the links below for more information: