John and his mother Lisa became homeless after Lisa lost her job. A friend of the family offered to let them park their camper in the front yard. Because the friendís house was located within the boundaries of another school district, Johnís school refused to allow him to return. A federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act provides protection to children and families who are experiencing homelessness. To promote educational stability, the act requires schools to let homeless children continue to attend their home school despite having transitional living arrangements. TeamChild helped John and his mother advocate for his rights under the McKinney-Vento Act. The District agreed to readmit John and provide him with transportation to school. Lisa recently found a new job, and John is finishing the school year while he and his mother look for an apartment.
Alliance Member: TeamChild