McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act

Cynthia Couto, Director

Parent and Community Engagement Center (PACE)
McKinney-Vento Liaison
367 Ray St
Fall River, MA 02720

Dawn Moniz, Point of Contact

508 675-8367 Ext. 55145


Clarisse Faria - Service Coordinator

508 675-8367 Ext. 55188


The goal of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is to ensure that each homeless child or youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education. To the extent practical and as required by law, the district will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. 

The Fall River Public Schools is devoted to providing both our students and their families during a time of need to ensure growth academically, socially, emotionally and in health.

What does McKinney-Vento mean? 

McKinney-Vento status are students who meet the definition if they are:

Doubled Up - children and youth who are sharing housing with another due to their own loss of housing, economic hardships, or in similar situations; are living in hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to unforeseen circumstances.

Shelter - children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for a person.

Unsheltered - children and youth who reside in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings or similar settings.

Unaccompanied Youth - any child who is not in physical custody or the parent or guardian. 


                                                                                     McKinney Vento Law 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act  is a United States Federal law that provides federal money for homeless shelter programs.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.

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), Office of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Website:

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