McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

  • McKinney-Vento

  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a piece of federal legislation that addresses the education of children and youth in homeless situations.  This federal law entitles children who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance, and success in schools.  Chatham County Schools provides services that include immediate enrollment, a school selection that promotes stability, and other supports.  This Act protects all students who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate residence, such as students living in the following situations:

    • doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship
    • runaway youth
    • hotels or motels
    • shelters 
    • cars, abandoned buildings, the street, or other public spaces
    • campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes
    • abandoned in a hospital

    To obtain more information about services provided to homeless youth and how to access services, please contact Chatham County School's McKinney-Vento liaison Rosemarie Rovito at or 919-663-5678.

    The McKinney-Vento state coordinator is Lisa Phillips. Reach her at

    The Chatham County Schools Executive Director of Federal Programs and School Improvement is Carrie Little. Reach her at or 919-542-3626.