McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

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Meleesha Hooper

Homeless Education Liaison



606) 549-7001 ext. 4417

Cellular - (606) 215-1240


The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, schools must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free and appropriate education as other children and youth and are provided with services to enable them to meet the district’s challenging academic expectations to which all students are held.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as:

  1. Bulletsharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship

  2. Bulletliving in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds;

  3. Bulletliving in emergency or transitional shelters; or abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care placement.

  1. 1.Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence;

  2. 2.Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

  3. 3.Children and youth who are:

Meleesha Hooper is Whitley County School System’s McKinney-Vento Liaison.  Meleesha serves as the primary contact between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers, and other service providers.  She coordinates services to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically.  Meleesha reviews and undertakes steps to revise regulations, practices, and policies that may be barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or school success of homeless children and youth.

If your family is homeless and you need assistance meeting the educational needs of your children, please contact the Homeless Education Liaison.