Who is Homeless?
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youths who:
- are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- are living in emergency or transitional shelters
- are abandoned in hospitals
- have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- migratory children living in the circumstances previously described
Homeless Children and Youth are guaranteed the following:
- The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
- The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
- Automatic eligibility for any nutrition services available at the school.
- The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent and is feasible.
- The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
- The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited.
- The posting of homeless students' rights in all schools and other places around the community.
Guidance & Resources
Community and Social Services