Homelessness

WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS?

Students living in situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence may be considered “homeless.”  

Examples may include: living in a shelter; living in a motel, hotel or campground due to lack of adequate housing; sharing housing with relatives or others due to lack of housing; living at a train or bus station, a park, or in a car; living in an abandoned building; a youth not living with a parent or guardian; a child/youth awaiting foster care placement; a child/youth migrant worker Rights and Resources for Students Experiencing Homelessness Students Have the Right to:

  • Immediate school enrollment – even if they lack proof of residency, guardianship, immunizations, or school records.
  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Students may choose to stay at the school attended when permanently housed or to enroll in the school where currently living for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Free lunches – homeless students are automatically eligible to receive free lunch for the duration of the school year.
  • School fee waivers – students have the right to equal access to education.
  • Transportation – while students are actively homeless, transportation is provided for the students attending outside of their school’s attendance area.