Being homeless can make it harder to succeed in school. But City Schools can help.
What does it mean to be homeless?
Under U.S. federal law, students who have no fixed, adequate nighttime residence are considered “homeless.” This includes
Is doubling up or couch-surfing the same as being homeless?
When students — with or without other family members, parents, or guardians — stay with extended family or friends because of a loss of housing and lack of resources to obtain new, permanent housing, they are considered homeless under the law. This means that they are entitled to and eligible for services provided all other students and families experiencing homelessness.
What will schools do to support homeless youth and families?
Once a school knows a student is experiencing homelessness, staff will
What can a student or family do if they disagree with a decision about school placement or resources?
If a student or family disagrees with City Schools’ determination of eligibility or type of services provided, they may appeal the decision. To start the appeal, the student or family should ask for a formal conference with the school principal. If the student or family still disagree with the decision, they may request a grievance hearing.
During the appeals process, students have the right to enroll immediately in the closest school that they are eligible to attend or to remain enrolled at the school of origin.