Scholars-In-Transition: Homeless Services/Supports

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St. Louis College Prep’s appointed Homeless/Foster Care Liaison is…

Trecia Davis, MSW, LCSW

Director of Social Work

tdavis@stlcollegeprep.org or (314)305-4393

*Please contact Trecia if you have additional questions, concerns, or a school-level dispute.

Additional Resources…

Call Missouri's Homeless Coordinator at (573) 522-8763

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Federal Discretionary Grants

P.O.Box 480

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Call Missouri´s Foster Care Coordinator at (573) 751-3468

E-mail: webreplyfedpro@dese.mo.gov

https://dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/federal-programs/homeless-children-youth

The Department of Elementary and Secondary School education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Civil Rights Compliance (Title VI/Title IX/504/ADA/Age Act), 5th Floor, 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480; telephone number 573-526-4757 or Relay Missouri 800-735-2966.

Adopted from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title VII, Subtitle B, Section 725(2) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015

Who is eligible?

The term homeless children and youths are students–  who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,  including:

  1. Sharing housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason;

  2. living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  3. living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

  4. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;

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

  6. migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.

The Mckinney-Vento Act also recognizes unaccompanied youth who are homeless. According to the act, an unaccompanied youth is a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.

Educational Rights/ Enrollment:

The McKinney-Vento Act also requires that:  

  1. homeless students who move have the right to remain in their schools of origin, (i.e., the school the student attended when permanently housed or in which the student was last enrolled) if that is in the student’s best interest.

  2. if it is in the student’s best interest to change schools, homeless students must be immediately enrolled in a new school, even if they do have the records normally required for enrollment;

  3. homeless students must have access to all programs and services for which they are eligible, including special education services, preschool, school nutrition programs, language assistance for English learners, career and technical education, gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, charter schools, summer learning, online learning, and before- and after-school care

  4. unaccompanied youths must be accorded specific protections, including immediate enrollment in school without proof of guardianship; and  parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youths have the right to dispute an eligibility, school selection, or enrollment decision

Transportation

School districts must provide transportation for homeless children and youth to the school of best interest. Districts must also provide transportation during the resolution of any pending disputes. While disputes over enrollment, school placement or transportation arrangements are being resolved, students must be transported to the school of choice of the parent or the unaccompanied youth.