The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.


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Children and Homelessness

Homelessness can happen to anyone — including families and children.
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, one out of every 50 American children experiences homelessness each year. That’s 1.5 million children. The majority — about 75 percent — are elementary-school-aged. Forty-two percent are younger than six.

Children living house to house, hotel to hotel, in vehicles, on the street and with other family members because their parents are homeless are all considered homeless.


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Human Trafficking Youth

ractice & Research and Loyola’s Modern Slavery Research Project found that a combined 19.4 percent of those interviewed were victims of trafficking.

Nearly a fifth of homeless youth in the United States and Canada are victims of trafficking, reports from the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University New Orleans find.

Based on interviews with nine hundred and eleven homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 25 in thirteen cities — including twelve where youth were able to access services through Covenant House — researchers at Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, P

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