In order to increase the provision of legal services to homeless children and youth, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has updated "No Barriers: A Legal Advocate's Guide to Ensuring Compliance with the Education Program of the McKinney-Vento Act," first published in 2015. This advocacy manual is designed to provide legal advocates an understanding of the relevant provisions of McKinney-Vento and the legal advocacy tools needed to effectively assist homeless children and youth in accessing school, including the challenges ahead, compliance resources, and lessons learned from litigation. Furthermore, the manual identifies other federal laws and state laws that offer legal protections to homeless children and youth.
The manual recognizes the diversity of homeless children and youth and attempts to address issues that are relevantto those who identify as students with disability, as immigrants, as LGBTQ students, as students displaced by a disaster, as children of domestic violence survivors, or as children awaiting foster care.
The Law Center offers this manual as a tool for legal advocates and attorneys responding to individual requests for assistance, as well as those seeking broader, systemic reforms in the education of homeless children and youth.