Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is the federal program that removes barriers to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless: means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes:

  • 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
  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
  • migratory children


McKinney-Vento 101

McKinney-Vento 201

McKinney-Vento Posters:

TEA Quarterly Webinars

Please join TEA's Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division for upcoming quarterly webinars.

Relevant updates from each program area will be provided:

  • Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
  • Foster Care and Student Success
  • Military Connected Students/Purple Star Campus
  • Other General Updates

Save the Date for Future Webinars:

  • Thursday, May 4, 2023 (1:30pm - 2:30pm) - Register

TEA TEHCY Program contacts

Jordan Brown
TEHCY Program Specialist
(512) 463-9467