Identification (includes Veterans, Active Military, Parent Incarceration)

Children of Incarcerated Parents (NCHE webpage)

The incarceration of a parent may leave a young person with no safe and stable place to stay and in the physical custody of someone who is not their parent or guardian. These young people may be struggling with a variety of difficult emotions and questions about what has happened to their parent and what… Read more »

School Selection

The McKinney-Vento Act guarantees a child or youth identified as homeless the right to attend either the school of origin or the local attendance area school. This brief explains the provisions in the law related to school selection and offers strategies for implementing them in a school district.

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY Fact Sheet)

Research and data, including surveys of homeless and formerly homeless youths, indicate that experiencing homelessness can have significant negative impacts on children academically, socially, and emotionally. The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths… Read more »

Who Is Homeless?

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.; hereafter the McKinney-Vento Act), reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it… Read more »

Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members

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Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members

According to research (Fargo et al, 2012) and federal data (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD], 2015), veterans experience homelessness at a higher rate than nonveterans.  Many veterans experience homelessness as individuals, while others experience homelessness with their families (2015), which may include school-age children.

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents – August 2014

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents, by the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE

June 12, 2013, Deputy Attorney General of the United States James M. Cole delivered remarks at the White House where he announced that “the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), with funding support from the Department of Justice (DOJ) is developing a model protocol and training on protecting the physical and emotional well-being of children when their parents are arrested.”

Student Residency Questionnaire/SRQ (Spanish) for the PEIMS Homeless Status Indicator

This sample template is meant only to be an example of how a district might combine various components into a form that could collect the required information. This is not a mandated form—it is an example prepared for a hypothetical school district to serve as a starting point for districts. Likewise, there is no requirement… Read more »

Student Residency Questionnaire/SRQ (English) for the PEIMS Homeless Status Indicator

This sample template is meant only to be an example of how a district might combine various components into a form that could collect the required information. This is not a mandated form—it is an example prepared for a hypothetical school district to serve as a starting point for districts. Likewise, there is no requirement… Read more »

Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do’s and Don’ts for Local Liaisons

Due to the stigma associated with homelessness, the vast majority of students seeking eligibility for services under McKinney-Vento does so in good faith and with good reason.  If a question arises about a student’s eligibility, schools may wish to confirm the details of the student’s living situation.  All such efforts must be grounded in sensitivity and respect, keeping the academic well-being and best interest of the student in the forefront. Using invasive or threatening techniques to confirm a student’s eligibility can humiliate families and youth and may place an already tenuous temporary living arrangement in jeopardy. This may destabilize the family or youth further and may create a barrier to the student’s enrollment, thereby violating the McKinney-Vento Act. Additionally, employing these techniques may violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).