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What is a homeless education program? The Homeless Education program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.). The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted to address the numerous barriers homeless children face in obtaining a free, appropriate public education. The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized as Title X, Part C of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

What does this mean? The Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness including 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.
  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent.
  • 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.

So am I considered homeless or in a temporary living situation? In order to be eligible for services students must meet the definition of homelessness--The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) defines “homeless children and youth” As individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (doubling-up);
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds, cars, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Abandoned in hospitals;
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above; or
  • Unaccompanied youth, including youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, such as runaways and youth denied housing by their families.

I think I am homeless, what do I do next?  For more information regarding homeless education and services available in District #189, please call Nicole Young or Dr. Gholson.

Why should I tell you I am homeless? That’s private. The homeless liaison can assist you in getting your student enrolled in school and supported socially and emotionally--but confidentially. We can also assist with other resources, if possible.

For services, please complete the form below:

Homeless Application Form

Please review the following resources and information for additional information:

  1. The Federal Law
  2. Non Regulatory Guidance
  3. Frequently Asked Questions for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Contact Us:

Charlotte Edwards, Director of Family Response and Relief Services

Email:  charlotte.edwards@estl189.com

Phone:  618-646-3019

Zorina (Ann) Brown, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

Email:  zorina.brown@estl189.com

Phone:  618-646-3321