McKinney Vento

Rural Youth Homelessness

Studies performed by the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness found that in recent years, the highest rate of growth for student homelessness has been in rural America. Thirty-eight states—three-quarters of the country—saw an increase in the number of rural students identified as homeless. In 35 states, it grew by more than the 3% national rate; in 26 states, it grew by more than the 11% rural rate. Nebraska saw increases of over 100% in the number of students experiencing homelessness, School Year 2016-2017.

Students are eligible for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if due to economic hardship the following applies:

*Doubled up with another family/sharing housing

*Unstable housing, moving from one place to another

*Living in hotel/motel/car

*Unaccompanied youth, not in custody of parent or guardian

*Inadequate housing/substandard housing - mold, lack of heat, electricity, or plumbing

*Living in a shelter/temporary or emergency living arrangement

Interested in finding out how you can help the McKinney-Vento students and families in the Crete district?

These items are always needed and gladly accepted:

*Laundry Detergent

*Body Wash


*Feminine Products



*Hand Soap/Sanitizer

*New Socks/Undergarments



*Backpacks/School Supplies

*Winter Gear/Blankets

Please contact the District Family Liaison at or 402-826-5855 to coordinate donation.