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· Needy or withdrawn behavior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)