• HOPE Office

    Homeless Outreach, Prevention and Education: 
    Supporting our McKinney-Vento Eligible Students

    Children and youth staying in shelters, hotels, or other temporary situations, have certain rights to ensure access to public education.

    Anoka-Hennepin schools is guided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These federal laws provide students experiencing homelessness access to opportunities that will help them to fully participate in school.


    How is homelessness defined?

    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homelessness is defined as the lack of a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; this includes individuals who:

    • temporarily live in a hotel, motel, trailer park or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    • live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station; live in other public or private spaces not designed to accommodate regular sleeping for humans;
    • live in an emergency shelter or transitional housing;
    • have been abandoned in hospitals;
    • temporarily share housing with another household due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
    • are migratory and live in any of the circumstances described above;
    • are considered unaccompanied youth, i.e. not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and live in any of the circumstances described above.

How does McKinney-Vento protect students?

  • Educational stability

  • Immediate enrollment

  • School nutrition

  • School transportation


  • Donation opportunity

    Please join us in providing the gift of pride, confidence, and belonging.

    School and basic needs supplies will be provided to students across the district to ensure that all students are able to come to school ready to learn.

    Hope Office Wish List

    HOPE Office: 11212 Crooked Lake Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433