About Homeless Youth
over 2 years ago
DEFINITION OF HOMELESS
The federal government's legal definition of homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is anyone who
- lacks a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence (substandard housing).
- is sharing housing due to economic struggles (double-up).
- is living in a shelter, hotel or motel.
- is living in a public place not designated for sleeping (cars, parks).
- is an unaccompanied youth.
- is a child or youth awaiting foster care placement.
- is a child or youth abandoned in a hospital.
- is a migrant child who qualifies under any of the above
Your preschool and school-aged children have the following rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act:
- Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
- Continue in the school they attended before you became homeless or the last one they attended.
- Receive transportation to school and to school programs.
- Attend a school and participate in school programs.
- Attend a school and participate with children who are not homeless.
- Enroll without giving a permanent address.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of required school records or documents.
- Enroll and attend classes even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment.
Director of Student Services
Student Services Administrative Secretary