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Homeless Assistance (McKinney-Vento)

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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: 

Supports for Families in Temporary Living Situation

Have you and your children lost housing?

Families that:

  • Live in a shelter or motel
  • Share housing with others because of lost housing or economic hardship
  • Live in a campground, car, old building, or another temporary shelter

  • Don’t have a permanent address

Have the right to:

  • Enroll in school immediately even without school or medical records

  • Assistance from the district liaison with immunizations and/or medical records

  • Choose your child’s old school or school closest to where you are living now

  • Transportation to and from school

  • Participate in your child’s education


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District 69 McKinney-Vento Liaison
Sarah Kalinowski, 847-675-7666 x 1124


Dispute Resolution Procedures

School districts must have a process for resolving disputes between the district and any homeless child, youth, parent, or guardian. Disputes may arise over things such as enrollment or transportation. The dispute resolution procedures include the following:

  • The child or youth shall be immediately enrolled pending the resolution of the dispute.
  • The district will provide a written explanation of the district’s position as to the dispute, provide referrals to free/reduced-cost legal help, and outline the dispute resolution procedures.
  • The district McKinney-Vento liaison will be assigned to follow the dispute resolution process in an expeditious manner.
  • The district will refer the parent/guardian to a fair and impartial ombudsperson.
  • The District shall follow all Homeless Dispute Resolution Procedures and provide parents with a copy of the dispute resolution procedures


Additional Resources for Families Experiencing Homelessness: 


Niles Township Food Pantry
847- 983-0073
Early Childhood Alliance
The ECA is a collective of over 45 multi-sector organizations committed to helping improve the lives of young children 0-5 years old and their families in the Niles Township area.
The WINGS program provides housing, integrated services, education, and advocacy to end domestic violence.
Getting an IL ID and other Identification Documents
A guide for families experiencing homelessness linked here.
Entry Point
Entry Point is the Coordinated Entry (CE) System for suburban Cook County’s homeless services continuum of care. Entry Point’s purpose is to ensure all people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness have equitable access to housing.
Illinois Department of Human Services
IDHS provides Illinois residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.