Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth provides training, support, and resources for parents and educators serving students experiencing homelessness. The TEHCY site contains a resource library of resources designed to learn about and provide the best support for homelessness.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is the federal program that removes barriers to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless: means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes:

  • 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
  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as 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;
  • migratory children

Resources

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) provides technical assistance to anyone, anywhere in the state, via a toll-free number, regarding issues related to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Call TEA TEHCY toll-free anytime: 1-800-446-3142

McKinney-Vento Posters: