•  lodge  Homeless "McKinney-Vento Act" Information wintersafe

     
    "Children and youth experiencing homelessness find shelter in a variety of places. To help educators identify homeless children, the Act  defines who is  considered homeless. According  to the U.S. Department of Education, people living in the following situations are considered homeless:    

    ·       Doubled up with family or friends due to economic conditions

    ·       Living in motels and hotels for lack of other suitable housing;

    ·       Runaway and "Throwaway" children and youth

    ·       Homes for unwed or expectant mothers for lack of a place to live; 

    ·       Homeless and domestic violence shelters;

    ·       Transitional housing programs;

    ·       The streets;

    ·       Abandoned buildings;

    ·       Public places not meant for housing;

    ·       Cars, trailers, and campgrounds;

    ·       Awaiting fostercare; or  Migratory children staying in housing not fit for habitation

    Requirements for Schools:
     
    The McKinney-Vento Act provides certain rights for homeless students. They include waiving certain requirements such as proof of residency when students are enrolling and allowing  categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free textbooks. The Act also states:

    ·       Homeless students may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing;

    ·       Homeless students must be provided a written statement of their rights when they enroll and at least two times per year;

    ·       Homeless students may enroll without school, medical, or similar records;

    ·       Homeless students have a right to transportation to school;

    ·       Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment;

    ·       Students must receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled;

    ·       Students are automatically eligible for Title I services 

    ·       School districts must reserve a portion of Title IA funds to serve homeless students; 

    ·       Schools must post information in the community regarding the rights of homeless students, in                          schools and other places that homeless families may frequent.

     
     

    The MCCSC McKinney-Vento Liason is Director of Student Services Becky Rose, (812) 349-4763 
     
    Julie Smart, State Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program,
    Indiana Department of Education, 317-460-1340 (direct),  jsmart@doe.in.gov