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Homeless Resources

Homeless Rights

You may be considered homeless if your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or
  • Living with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford a house

Your child has the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there;
  • Stay in the school that he or she was attending before becoming homeless or the school he or she last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible;
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you do not have all the paperwork, such as your child’s school or medical records;
  • Access the same special programs and services that are provided to other children, including special education, migrant education, and vocational education;
  • Receive the same public education that is provided to other children, including preschool. (Your child cannot be separated from the mainstream school environment because he or she is homeless. He or she cannot be segregated in a separate school, separate programs within a school or separate settings within a school.)

Downloads

Homeless FAQ's
The most frequently asked questions on the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations.

Homeless Pamphlet
A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Form to Dispute Homelessness 
Download the form and forward to the Lisa Rogers at the Special Services Office located at Canton South High School.