Homeless Families Program - Updates for Staff

November, 2011
The SASD, as other districts in the state, has experienced a significant transition of staff. Consequently, the following information may be novel to some staff and serve as a review to others.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act is a federal law that specifically assists students up to age twenty-one who reside in the following environments:

  • Are "doubled-up" and sharing housing due to economic or other hardship
  • Living in a domestic abuse shelter, emergency shelter or transitional housing
  • Runaway youth
  • Living in a motel, RV, or campground
  • Are awaiting foster care placement
  • Are teens who "couch surf" and temporarily stay at friends homes

Should a student meet any of the above criteria, assistance may be provided in the following ways:

  • Free school lunch
  • Assistance with purchasing school supplies
  • Registration/course fee waiver
  • Transportation to and from school

This information is not all inclusive of the McKinney- Vento Act, but it serves as an outline of qualifications and possible services. Significantly more information may be found on Homeless Family Program web page.

The social workers, school counselors, and secretaries responsible for student registration complete and forward the referral forms to Debbie Lauersdorf, Census Secretary. However, any staff member who suspects or learns of a student residing under any of the mentioned conditions should inform the above mentioned school personnel or contact me. Each case needs to be reviewed individually in order to determine eligibility for the program.

Each year the number of "homeless" students in the SASD has grown. Previous staff communications have cited the current economic environment coupled with the exceptional diligence of all SASD staff in recognizing and supporting the McKinney-Vento Act as being reasons for this increase. Last school year 150 students were identified as "homeless". This school year 93 students have already been identified.

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