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MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT

Who is homeless?

 The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above.

 The Laws and Provisions

The (federal) McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act ensures homeless children have a right to:

  • A free, appropriate public education including a priority to preschool programs
  • The choice of staying in the school of origin or attending any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child is actually living are eligible to attend
  • Immediate enrollment even when required documents such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other such documentation cannot be produced at the time of enrollment
  • Assistance with transportation if needed

McHenry County Homeless Liaisons

One of the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act was to have every school district designate a Homeless Liaison.  This would be the one person in the district that knows the law, and can help assist the student and family to the fullest extent.  The McHenry County School District Homeless Liaison's are listed below:

Dist. # District Name
Homeless Liaison
2 Nippersink SD 2
Jackie Miller
10006 Main Street           
Richmond, IL 60071
815-678-6866 (P)
815-678-2810 (F)           
3 Fox River Grove SD 3
Kim Neilson
401 Orchard Street
Fox River Grove, IL 60021
847-462-2323 (P)
         
12 Johnsburg CUSD 12

Rich Schisler

2222 W. Church St.
Johnsburg, IL 60051
815-385-6460 (P)

815-385-4715 (F)

15  McHenry CCSD 15

Debra Barton
1011 N. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050

815-385-7210 (P)

815-344-7121 (F)

18 Riley CCSD 18

Lisa Gruber
9406 Riley Road

Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-8637 (P)
815-568-3709 (F)

19 Alden- Hebron CCSD 19
Kim Qualls
11915 Price Road
Hebron, IL  60034
815-648-2442 (P)
815-634-3898 (F)
26 Cary CCSD 26

Jennifer Thomas
2115 Crystal Lake Rd.
Cary, IL 60013
224-357-5100 (P)

847-516-9705 (F)

46 Prairie Grove CSD 46
Martha Maggiore
3223 IL Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-3023 (P)
815-356-0519 (F)
47 Crystal Lake CC 47
Lori Parrish
300 Commerce Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-788-5032 (P)
815-459-0263 (F)
50 Harvard CSD 50

Lauri Tobias
401 N. Division St.
Harvard, IL 60033

815-943-4022 (P)
815-943-4282 (F)

154 Marengo Comm. High School 154
Angela Fink
110 Franks Rd.
Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-6511x1312 (P)
815-568-6510 (F)
155 Community High School Dist. 155

Kim Dahlem
One S. Virginia Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8500x1011 (P)

815-455-8514

156 McHenry High School Dist. 156

Michael Roberts
4716 Crystal Lake Rd.

McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-7900 (P)
815-344-7153 (F)

157 Richmond-Burton Comm High School 157
Jackie Miller
8311 N. Route 31
Richmond, IL 60071
815-678-6866 (P)
815-678-4324 (F)
158 Consolidated School Dist. 158

Terry Awrey
650 Academic Dr.

Algonquin, IL 60102

847-659-6131 (P)

847-659-6122 (F)

165 Marengo-Union Elem. CSD 165
Jill Viktora
539 Locust St.
Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-7632 (P)
815-568-7367 (F)
200 Woodstock CUSD 200
George Oslovich
227 W. Judd St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-337-2153 (P)
815-338-2005 (F)



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