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Grants and Compliance

Federal Definition of a Homeless Child or Youth
The legal term “homeless children and youth” is based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals, or are awaiting foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who 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.
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purpose of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Homeless Students’ Rights

  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for transfer of required school records or documents
  • Enroll and attend classes even while the school and parent seek to resolve a dispute over enrollment
  • Be immediately enrolled in school without a permanent address
  • Go to school, no matter where the student lives or how long he/she has lived there
  • Receive transportation to his/her school or origin as long as he/she is homeless, or if the student becomes permanently housed, receive transportation until the end of the academic school year
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students (like free/reduced lunch, ELL, Title I services, Special Education, before and after school care, and gifted services).

In what ways do liaisons help students?

  • Locate homeless children and youth in their district, make sure they are immediately enrolled and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school
  • Make sure homeless students receive appropriate services, including transportation, preschool, special education, English language learner services, and vocational education.
  • Make referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, or other care providers.
  • Assist unaccompanied youth with enrollment, transportation, and disagreements with schools.
  • Help students get immunizations and immunization records.
  • Make sure that disagreements between homeless students and schools are resolved.

Grants Vision and Mission

Vision: To ensure that children experiencing homelessness or unaccompanied youth have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
Mission: To work with local school districts, BIE schools and other area partners in order to provide educational stability to students experiencing homeless by removing barriers such as enrollment in school, transportation, access to school meals, appropriate education and extra-curricular activities.

Liaison Contact Information

Liaison: Erica Benally
e-mail address: [email protected]