In 1987 the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was created to provide federal money for homeless shelter programs. The act defines a homeless student as a student in any temporary housing situation. Every school district in the country much have a McKinney-Vento liaison available to help children in need.
Steven Falchi from the Utica city school district says they were given a federal grant to help homeless children in our community. It helps provide resources like clothing and food. They also receive assistance from Safe Schools of the Mohawk Valley, community based organizations, teachers and local churches. Utica’s school district works closely with parents and make an assessment to ensure that their needs are met.