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If your family lives...

  • in a shelter 
  • in a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation 
  • in a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station 
  • doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

...your child may be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act. 

All McKinney-Vento eligible children have the right to: 

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students according to your children’s needs. 
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference. If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision. receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this. 

Helpful Contacts 

  • National Center for Homeless Education 
  • Project Bread 

Local Resources

  • Pettengill House 
13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury 
Telephone: 978-463-8801 
  • Salvation Army – Newburyport 
40 Water Street, Newburyport 
Telephone: 978-465-0883 
  • Our Neighbor’s Table 
194 Main Street, Amesbury 
Telephone 978-388-1907 
  • Newburyport Youth Services 
40 Milk Street, Newburyport 
Telephone: 978-465-4434 

For Further Information Please contact: 

LisaMarie Ippolito
Assistant Superintendent, Homeless Liaison