Homeless Youth

About Homeless Youth

Live Oak School District implements the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which was put in place to ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. If you have any questions, please contact Shar Ames, Live Oak School District Liaison for Students in Transition.


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


Children's Rights
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.