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Every Maine school system has a local McKinney-Vento Liaison to assist families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing housing instability. If you need to speak with someone at RSU 9 regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact Lisa Sinclair at 207-778-3031 or by email.

View a PowerPoint presentation with helpful information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by clicking the box below.

McKinney-Vento Information for Families and Youth

The Maine Department of Education and Maine schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by homeless students.

McKinney-Vento protections apply to all public school students, pre-K through grade 12 who "lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence", including children and youth:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing.
  • Living in emergency or transitional housing
    • Abandoned in hospitals
    • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations
    • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
    • Migratory students meeting the descriptions above