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Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness McKinney-Vento Act

If you live in any of the following situations, you may qualify for certain rights and protections due to loss of housing or economic hardship under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

• In a shelter

• In a motel or campground due to lack of accommodation

• In a car, park, abandoned building or bus/train station

• Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Please contact the Administrator or Social Worker at your child(s) school for more information regarding eligibility.


Merrillville Community School Corporation Contact

Dr. Michelle Rushing

Director of Student Services, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Merrillville Community School Corporation

6701 Delaware Street

Merrillville, IN  46410

219-650-5300 ext. 5337


IDOE state coordinators’ contact information:

Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities

Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist



Additional Resources

IDOE's McKinney-Vento: Homeless Children & Youth Program 

Homeless Students' Rights

McKinney-Vento - National Center for Homeless Education



McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title VII, Subtitle B, Section 725(2)