About the Nationwide McKinney-Vento Study
According to the National Center for Homeless Education, during the 2020-2021 school year, there was a 21% decrease in the number of students identified as McKinney-Vento eligible as compared to the 2018-2019 school year. This significant decrease is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and its fundamental disruption of school operations.
However, as data for the 2022-2023 school year continues to become available, it appears that the number of McKinney-Vento eligible students being identified is increasing. If this increase continues, how will school districts serve these students, particularly as federal stimulus funding is phased out in 2025? This report illuminates these and other challenges, as well as opportunities, shared by liaisons nationwide as they work to serve one of our most vulnerable student populations.