Homeless

Congress reauthorized in January of 2002 the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subtitle VII-B, originally passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness.. This federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. This Act protects all students who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate residence, such as students living in the following situations:
  • doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship;
  • runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home);
  • hotels or motels;
  • shelters, including domestic violence shelters;
  • transitional housing shelters;
  • cars, abandoned buildings parks, the streets or other public spaces; 
  • campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes
  • awaiting foster care placement; and/or 
  • abandoned in a hospital.

Contact Information:
Catina J. Alston, Homeless Liaison
Beverly Rascoe, School Social Worker
Lisa Wheeler, School Social Worker