Frequently Asked Questions
Who is homeless?
Anyone who, due to lack of housing, lives:
- In a shelter or abandoned in hospitals
- In a motel
- In cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
- In a campground
- On the street
- Doubled up with relatives or friends due to economic hardship or loss of housing
- Awaiting foster care placement
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because of any of the above
- Children in foster care placements of less than six months
- Unaccompanied youth not in the company of parents or legal guardians (runaways, abandoned youth, etc.)
Where can homeless children and youth attend school?
- The school in which the child or youth was last enrolled (school of origin).
- The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is temporarily living.
Can students experiencing homelessness be denied enrollment if the parent/guardian does not have proof of residency?
No. The parent/guardian may sign an affidavit stating that the family is staying in temporary accommodations.
What if the parent/guardian does not have the school records for a child experiencing homelessness?
- 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.
the Berrien County McKinney Project, your school district, principal,
counselor, or local homeless education liaison with any concerns.