Assessing the Capacity of LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Under the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, every local educational agency (LEA) must designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. Liaisons must be “able to carry out” ten specific duties. 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii). The U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance states that LEAs “should allocate sufficient time for… liaisons to do their jobs effectively and should support them in fulfilling their duties as outlined in the law and in making timely decisions.” To determine the time needed to carry out the liaison’s duties, the Department directs LEA administrators to review the legal requirements for the position.

This document outlines the ten legal requirements of McKinney-Vento liaisons. 42 USC §11432(g)(6)(A). It is intended to serve as a quick self-assessment of the extent to which of these duties currently are able to be carried out, and a plan for building the capacity to carry them out in the future.