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What Defines a Homeless Student?

Students who are considered to be homeless "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence". This includes children or youth who are living in motels, hotels, camp grounds, transitional shelters, parks, cars, or any nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant to be used as a regular sleeping accommodation. This includes children who fall into the following groups:

  • Children waiting for foster placement
  • Migratory Children who have night time accommodations that are not fit for habitation
  • Unaccompanied youth who are not in physical custody of a parent or guardian
  • Children who are denied housing by a parent or guardian
  • Children or youth who are sharing a residence with another family
  • Children living in shelters

Rights of Homeless Students:

The Stewart B McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Assistance Act protects the rights of all homeless students by:

  • Assuring they have a free, appropriate public education
  • Identifying and providing assistance to meet academic and non-academic needs
  • Ensuring barriers to education are eliminated

Where can you get More information?

  • Contact your local public school district or the Superintendent for your local public school district
  • Follow the resource links for McKinney-Vento in the left side bar
  • Contact your local Regional Office of Education