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McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Situations)

The Homeless Program at the New Hampshire Department of Education provides resources and services to districts, schools, professionals, volunteers and persons in need of assistance to better understand laws pertaining to the rights of homeless children and youth, and the responsibilities and obligations that educational agencies must abide by under.

SAU #44 Homeless Liaison

Nate Byrne
Assistant Special Education Director
603-942-1290  Ext. 205

McKinney-Vento Act Brochure

The McKinney-Vento Act was established to protect your child’s educational rights and to ensure that he or she continues to receive an appropriate education. It provides students experiencing homelessness with protections and services to ensure that they can enroll in and attend school and complete schooling at all levels, Pre-K through higher education.  You are not alone in this scary situation. Currently, 1.3 million children and youth are experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through high school graduation. Please contact the SAU or your local school, your information is confidential and will only be shared with the appropriate personnel.  We are here to help and assist you in making sure your child reaches his or her educational potential throughout this difficult time.
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Local Resources

Third Baptist Church of Strafford
         -Community Kitchen: free homemade meal each Wednesday night
         -Christian Cupboard: food pantry

Nottingham Food Pantry
Nottingham Local Assistance & Social Services
Higher Ground Baptist Church Food Pantry
The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry
End 68 Hours of Hunger: SAU 44

St. Joseph's Parish
         -Community Kitchen: free homemade meal each Monday night
         -Clothes Closet: free men's, women's & children's clothing to those in need

US Department of Housing & Urban Development
         -legal resources
         -nutritional help
         -jobs & job training
         -and so much more!
NH Housing Authority
         -rental assistance for low-income families
         -education/resources for housing options

"As you explore our website you will find information on current legislation and advocacy efforts, research findings, professional development opportunities and tools, and many other resources to support your work with children and youth in your local community. We update the website frequently and invite you to visit often, but there are many other platforms for engagement with NAEHCY. "


Unaccompanied homeless youth are youth experiencing homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. It is estimated that 1.6 to 1.7 million youth experience homelessness on their own each year.  These youth live in a variety of unsafe, temporary situations, including cars, parks, the homes of other people, shelters, and motels. Most of these young people have left home due to severe family dysfunction, including abuse and neglect.