Under McKinney-Vento legislation, homeless children and youth that lack a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless. It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home or if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents. Under the Act, students are homeless if they are:
The program accomplishes our mission by facilitating enrollment, attendance and academic success of homeless preschool and school-aged children. Referrals to the program come from diverse sources throughout the community, such as family and youth shelters, transitional housing programs, churches, school staff, and other students and families. Our initial tasks include assessing student’s needs, accessing records, enrolling and arranging transportation. Academic success is monitored and options are explored to assist a student to successfully achieve the state standards.
Each year we face new challenges that may occur because of funding cuts or revisions in the law that affect the families and youth we assist. These same challenges then affect your school. Sometimes there are not easy or simplified answers to questions you may have regarding a homeless student you have in your school or classroom.