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ERIC Number: ED574621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Local Homeless Liaisons for School Districts: Making the Right Selection and Supporting Their Effectiveness. Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Homeless children and youth experience many challenges in enrolling and attending school and achieving educational success. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized under Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and subsequently referred to as the McKinney-Vento Act in this brief) ensures rights and services for homeless children and youth that remove barriers to their education. School districts or local educational agencies (LEAs) are responsible for identifying homeless children and youth and linking them with educational and other services. The McKinney-Vento Act requires every school district to appoint a local homeless liaison [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii)]. A local liaison who has the skills and capacity to carry out the position is key to ensuring that homeless children and youth receive all protections and services necessary for them to succeed in school. This brief will assist school district administrators in (1) understanding key qualifications necessary for a local liaison to carry out the many and complex responsibilities of the position; (2) selecting a local liaison who has the experience, knowledge, skills, and attitude to perform effectively in the position; and (3) ensuring the local liaison has the time, authority, and support to carry out his or her responsibilities. The following are appended: (1) Qualifications Checklist for Local Homeless Liaisons; (2) Role Groups to Consider for the Local Homeless Liaison Position; and (3) Sample Local Homeless Liaison Position Description.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Healthy Students (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; No Child Left Behind Act 2001