McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

  • In compliance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as reauthorized in 2015 by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Ringgold School District attempts to identify any children withing the district that may be experiencing homelessness.

    The Act defines the term "homeless children & youth" who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  The includes:

    • sharing housing with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similiar reason
    • living in a hotel/motel, trailer park or campground
    • living in a emergency or transitional shelter
    • living in cars, park, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or similiar setting

    Children who are experiencing homelessness may qualify for assistance, such as:

    • free school lunch
    • school supplies
    • tutoring 
    • transporation to remain in school of origin

    If you feel your child may qualify under this Act, please contact your child's school counselor or the district's homeless liaison, Autumn Harrison.


    Publication 5534-D The 2021 Child Tax Credit: Three Steps to Getting Your Advance Payments (Flyer)


    Low-income families still have time to sign up for advance child tax credit payments

    It's not too late for low-income families to sign up for advance child tax credit payments.

    The IRS urges anyone who normally isn't required to file a tax return to explore the tools available on The Eligibility Assistant can help determine eligibility for the advance child tax credit. The Non-filer Sign-up tool can help people file a simplified tax return to sign up for these payments. Some non-filers may also be eligible for the $1,400 per person Economic Impact Payments and the recovery rebate credit. Persons can get these benefits, even if they do not work, have no income or, do not have a permanent address.

    For these families, each advance CTC payment is up to $300 per month for each qualifying child under age 6 and, up to $250 per month for each child ages 6 through 17.

    Payments are generally issued on the 15th of each month through December 2021.

    • The IRS sends advance child tax credit payments to eligible families who filed a 2019 or 2020 income tax return. This includes people who successfully use the Non-filer Sign-up tool for advance CTC, available only on People can access the Non-filer Sign-up tool or the step-by-step guide for using it on

    • The Non-filer Sign-up tool is available until October 15, 2021.