McKinney-Vento Homeless Regulations
Education for Homeless Children & Youth

The Indian River School District shall adhere to the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act aligned to our policy EE.1. This law minimizes educational disruptions experienced by students who are experiencing homelessness thus ensuring them immediate enrollment.

Under McKinney-Vento, the right to a free, appropriate, public education are part of this Act assuring that all homeless students have these rights. When students become homeless, they can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they might no longer meet residency requirements. McKinney-Vento also has assurances that homeless students have the right to enroll in a public school even if they lack the typically required documents and immunizations. In addition, the transportation needs with our homeless students are part of these assured requirements to and from school immediately. 

According to the McKinney-Vento Act, “homeless” can be defined as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth:

  • Living with friends or a family member due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (example: evicted, loss of job, etc.)
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
  • Living in a shelter or emergency housing
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for regular sleeping accommodations
  • Migratory students meeting the above definition and/or description(s)

To learn if your family is eligible to receive services, please contact your child's school for more information:

CLICK HERE for our McKinney-Vento Building Liaison List

First State Community Action Agency

First State Community Action Agency is a non-profit organization that offers a number of emergency services, including: 

• Housing Counseling/Rental Assistance
• Emergency Food/Eviction Prevention/Shelter Locations
• Medical Assistance 
• Comprehensive Case Management 
• Job Training

Additional information can be found using the link below.

Rental Programs
Kent & Sussex Counties – Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers

These programs, offered by DSHA in Kent and Sussex Counties, provides safe, decent affordable rental housing and access to supportive services for low-income families. The Housing Choice Voucher program offers rental assistance to eligible low-income individuals and families to rent privately-owned dwelling units from participating landlords. DSHA administers 900 vouchers and 500 units of public housing at ten public housing sites.

Program participants, except the elderly or people with disabilities, must also be enrolled in MOVING TO WORK program. (MTW)

Tenant Qualifications

1. Participants must enroll (or be enrolled) in the Moving to Work (MTW) program.
2. Participants pay 30-35% of their income for rent and utilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidizes the balance of the rent.
3. Households whose gross incomes do not exceed 80% of the area median income may qualify for this program.
4. Working families, elderly (62 or over) and the disabled receive preference.
5. Applicants who reside in Kent or Sussex County have priority on the waiting list.

Call (888) 363-8808 for an application or use the link below to access and apply online. 

The bilingual call center search support is also available at 1 (877) 428-8844.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Tenants who need emergency assistance can contact the below nonprofit organizations for possible services.

 Community Resources Center - 302-227-1340
 Catholic Charities - 302-655-9624
 First State Community Action Agency - 800-372-2240
 Salvation Army - 302-472-0731
 West End Neighborhood House - 302-658-4171
 Lutheran Community Services - 302-654-8886
 Delaware Volunteer Legal Services - 1-800-478-8680

Documentation Needed
 Identification (Driver's License, State Identification Card)
 Provide the Social Security numbers/cards for all the members in the household.
 Proof of residency if the address on your driver's license is different from your home address. Utility bills are accepted.
 Proof of income (pay stubs, income tax return).
 All household bills (phone, utilities, car payment/insurance, etc.)
 Verification of need (eviction notice, utility disconnect notice, etc.)

College/Trade School Financial Aid Services 
For students considering to further their education at a college, university, or trade school, there are specific resources available to aid foster/homeless students.  

Stand by Me NexGen has been working with every district in Delaware since 2014 to provide schools and students with financial aid resources, information, and one-on-one FAFSA assistance. All of their services are free of charge. Stand by Me NexGen is supported by the Higher Education Office of the Delaware Department of Education and operates under the auspices of The United Way of Delaware. Below is a link to the website needed to register for services and flyers for upcoming public events.




District Administrator for Homeless Education

Walter E. Smith Jr., M.Ed.

Indian River School District

30207 Frankford School Rd.

Frankford, DE   19945

(302) 364-3300, Ext. 121064 (office)

(302) 732-3790 (fax)