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.

Services Provided:

  • 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:


Student Residency

Click here to report your status change and to get extra assistance. All data is confidential and is reported directly to the campus representative. (English form) (Spanish form)