• McKinney  Homeless Grant
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is homeless?
    What are the signs that a child or youth may be homeless?
    Where can homeless children and youth attend school?
    Can students experiencing homelessness be denied enrollment if the parent/guardian does not have proof of residency?
    What if the parent/guardian does not have the school records for a child experiencing homelessness?
    What resources are available to assist individuals in knowing how they can make a difference?

    Q: Who is homeless? 
    A: Anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives:

    ·         in a shelter

    ·         in a motel

    ·         in a vehicle

    ·         in a campground

    ·         on the street

    ·         doubled up with relatives or friend

    Q: What are the signs that a child or youth may be homeless? 
    A:  Signs of homelessness may include:

    ·         A history of attending many schools

    ·         Erratic class attendance and tardiness

    ·         Mention of staying with grandparents or other relatives or in a motel

    ·         Hunger and the hoarding of food

    ·         Hostility and anger

    ·         Needy or withdrawn behavior

    ·         Poor hygiene and grooming

    ·         Lack of preparation for class

    ·         Inadequate clothing or clothing inappropriate for the weather

    ·         Sleeping in class

    Q:  Where can homeless children attend school? 
    A: The school in which the child or youth was last enrolled (school or origin). The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is temporarily living.

    Q:  Can students experiencing homelessness be denied if the parent/guardian does not have proof of residency? 
    A: No.  The parent/guardian may sign an affidavit stating that the family is staying in temporary accommodations.

    Q:  What if the parent/guardian does not have the school records for a child experiencing homelessness? 
    A:  Ask that the homeless child or youth be enrolled in school until the records arrive.  Ask that a student's immunization records be transferred over the phone from the sending school to the receiving school.
    Contact your school district, principal, counselor, or local homeless education liaison with any concerns.

    Q:  What resources are available to assist individuals in knowing how they can make a difference? 
    A:  Tip sheets are available to assist:  (Acrobat Reader Required)

    ·         School Administrators

    ·         Guidance Counselors

    ·         School Nurses

    ·         Teachers

    ·         School Secretaries

    ·         Parents