McKinney Vento Act
Homelessness, More Common Than You Think
River Rouge Schools provides assistance to identified homeless families and unaccompanied youth. The federal No Child Left Behind Act emphasizes the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act as an integral part in aiding students and families in these situations to prevent academic failure and promote success through graduation.
Who is homeless? Homeless, as defined by the McKinney Vento Homeless Act, means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes families that are doubled-up and youth not living with a biological parent or legal guardian.
What causes homelessness? Natural disasters, divorce, death, illness, poverty, and abusive situations all contribute to homelessness.
What can the school do to assist those in homeless situations? The school has an identified Homeless Liaison, Phil Phillips. The district’s Homeless Liaison can assist identified homeless students with free breakfast and lunch, transportation, school supplies, enrollment in school and programs, and information regarding area support organizations.
For more information on the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please call Mr. Phil Phillips at (313) 297-9600.