Who is Homeless?
Per the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11302), youth are considered homeless if they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” including:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters; and
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar places.
- Youth may also experience episodic-homelessness, which may manifest in more unconventional ways like couch-surfing.
Homeless students have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Transportation assistance if eligible.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student’s needs.
- Assistance with school enrollment
- School supply assistance
- Clothing assistance
- Referrals to social services and housing
Please contact your campus Homeless Liaison if you have questions or need assistance: