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Homelessness

Image of toy bear lost by homeless child in transition

Over 1.35 million children and youth experience homelessness in a year.  For these children and youth, education is critical.  School can give students stability, security, and a safe place to grow.  15 years ago, Congress passed a law giving children and youth in homeless situations the right to go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.

 

 

 

The legal definition of homeless is Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence … to include:

  • Living with friends, relatives or someone else because they lost their home or cannot afford a home;
  • Staying in a hotel or motel;
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter, a domestic violence shelter, runaway or homeless shelter;
  • Living in substandard housing;
  • Living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building, bus or train station, campground, or inadequate trailer;
  • Awaiting placement in foster care or abandoned in a hospital.
  • Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home.

For more information on homelessness visit The National Center for Homeless Education Website.

Policy 4125 Homeless Students 

Family Focus-A Resource Guide for Families and Service Providers in Cumberland, Harnett, and Hoke Counties

Resource List 

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on July 29, 2016
        
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