Services For Students Who Are Homeless

Under McKinney-Vento, children are considered homeless when they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This definition includes a number of specific living arrangements including when children:

  • share the housing of other persons due to economic hardship
  • live in cars, campsites, or other types of substandard arrangements
  • live in motels or hotels
  • live in emergency shelters or transitional housing
  • are placed in emergency foster care pending permanent foster care placement

Children who experience homelessness often face trauma and instability that affect their educational access and achievement. In order to help address these challenges, TYS provides the following services:

  • Assistance with enrollment, transportation, access to school services
  • School supplies
  • Assistance obtaining lost or missing school records
  • Coordination of services between schools and the social service system
  • Advocacy and training on the educational needs of homeless and foster youth

School districts also provide services to homeless youth and families. These services vary depending on the district and school site. We can assist you with referrals to school based and community based services such as:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Educational case management
  • After-school and summer programs
  • Assistance accessing college and jobs
  • Food and clothing assistance programs