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    Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program

     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.

     

    ESC Region 11 McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison Contact Information

    Gretchen Kroos

    email:  gkroos@esc11.net

    phone: 817.740.7630

     

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