Homeless Education Plan:
The 1987 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act was enacted to confront
the problems associated with homelessness in the United States. This program is
authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. It
was reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The McKinney-Vento Act
mandates state action to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to
the same free and appropriate public education as their nonhomeless counterparts.
Definition of a Homeless Child/Youth
- A homeless child or youth ages 3-21;
- A child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:
- A child who is sharing the housing of others (includes doubled-up families) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital, or is awaiting foster care placement.
- A child who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans beings
- A child who is living in a car, park, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or
- A migratory child/youth who qualifies as homeless because of the living circumstances described above
- Includes youth who have runaway or youth being forced to leave home.
The Independence Community School’s Homeless Liaison is Danielle Meyer. She can be reached at 319-334-7400. His email address is
The Independence Community School District has a Homeless Education Plan. You
may access that plan using the following link.