The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s annual McKinney-Vento Awards honors leaders in advancing solutions to end homelessness and poverty for families, veterans, seniors, and youth.
Senator Cory Booker will receive the Bruce F. Vento award honored for his leadership in protecting the rights of homeless children to education through the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The other 2017 honorees include:
Vernon Davis, tight end for the NFL’s Washington Redskins, for raising awareness and providing charitable support for homeless youth in the D.C. area;
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, for the law firm’s many years of pro bono work with the Law Center, particularly toward helping to provide housing protections for victims of domestic violence;
Juanita Rocha, a formerly homeless mother from Laredo, Texas, for her advocacy to ensure her school district’s compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act, keeping children in school.
This year’s McKinney-Vento Awards will be remarkably meaningful—2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the first significant federal legislative response to homelessness.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. It works to expand access to affordable housing, meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at risk, and strengthen the social safety-net through
Impact litigation; and
Advocacy training and support
The Law Center believes all human beings have the right to a basic standard of living that includes safe, affordable housing, healthcare, and freedom from discrimination and cruelty.