The New Jersey McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program provides protection and services to children who are displaced or experiencing homelessness. The goal of McKinney-Vento is to ensure homelessness is not a barrier to attending school, completing high school, and/or accessing services that can help avoid poverty and homelessness as an adult.
Eligibility Definition: Homeless children and youths are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including
- Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters, or are abandoned in hospitals;
- Children and youths 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 human beings;
- Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.
If you believe a student is homeless or displaced and not connected to McKinney-Vento services, please contact Amy Gallagher, District Homeless Liaison, at email@example.com or (973)584-4232 ext.5500