Homeless Children: Update on Research, Policy, Programs, and Opportunities. Section IV. Targeted and Mainstream Programs


This section reviews targeted and mainstream programs for homeless children. The major source of targeted funding specifically for homeless children is the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, which was renewed in No Child Left Behind legislation. As reported in the America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, many jurisdictions report multiple funding sources for services for homeless families and children, including use of McKinney-Vento education funds, Medicaid, TANF funds, and emergency assistance funds from HUD.

Table 3 (below) summarizes many of the programs in place to assist homeless children and their families. More detailed information on health, mental health, education, and food and nutrition programs follows

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