Student and Family Support (SFS)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program

This program works to ensure the enrollment, attendance and the opportunity to succeed in school for homeless children and youth. This program collaborates with other state agencies and community providers to support homeless families and their students.

Important: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, Congress allocated funding to cover the loss of school meals for students. However, many families who are homeless have not been able to access those funds. Homeless liaisons are encouraged to work with the district's SIMS contact and reach out to your families who have not activated their P-EBT benefits. Guidance and details on how to reach out are provided in:

Homeless Education Liaison


For technical assistance, complaints or other questions please contact our Problem Resolution Services staff at 781-338-3700 or

Regional Homeless Education Liaisons:

Regional Liaisons have considerable experience and are available to provide local district liaisons with technical assistance on cases, best practices, and resources, assist with district trainings and mentor new homeless liaisons.


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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance — Advisories
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DESE Guidance on Data Collection
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Guidance on Fixed, Regular, and Adequate Housing: Identifying Family and Youth Homelessness
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US Department of Agriculture Guidance for Homeless Children in School Nutrition Programs
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Non-Regulatory Guidance: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program

Federal and State Laws

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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act (Title Vii Part B of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance and Title IX Part A of ESSA.)
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Massachusetts Caregivers Affidavit

Grant Program

Funding is available to school districts with significant numbers of homeless students and can be used to provide tutoring and academic support, professional development, engagement of homeless parents in their children's education, and access to mentoring, after school and summer programming. The current RFP for this grant provides further details.

Trainings, Meetings & Orientations

Information about future trainings will be posted here when confirmed.


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Homeless Education Data Collection Report 2017-2018
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Homeless Education Data Collection Report 2016-2017
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Homeless Education Data Collection Report 2015-2016
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McKinney-Vento Summary 2010 to 2015

Related Resources

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National Center for Homeless Education

Last Updated: May 6, 2021

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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