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  • The term "homeless children and youths"--

    (A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and

    (B) includes--

    (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;* 

    (ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)); 

    (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 

    (iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

    *Per Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, "awaiting foster care placement" was removed from the definition of homeless on December 10, 2016; the only exception to his removal is that "covered states" have until December 10, 2017 to remove "awaiting foster care placement" from their definition of homeless.

    Congress reauthorized in January of 2002 the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subtitle VII-B, originally passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness.. This federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. This Act protects all students who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate residence, such as students living in the following situations:

    • doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship;
    • runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home);
    • hotels or motels;
    • shelters, including domestic violence shelters;
    • transitional housing shelters;
    • cars, abandoned buildings parks, the streets or other public spaces;
    • campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes
    • awaiting foster care placement; and/or
    • abandoned in a hospital.

     

     

     

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    CONTACT US

    Mark Long

    Homeless Liaison

    Longm@northampton.k12.nc.us

    252-534-1371 ext. 2236

     

    Beverly Rascoe

    School Social Worker

    rascoeb@northampton.k12.nc.us

    252-326-4647

     

    Lisa Phillips

    North Carolina State Coordinator for Homeless Education

    336-315-7491

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