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Resources for Homeless Children and Youths

Resources related to homeless students' rights to enroll and participate fully in school.

Definition of Homeless

The term homeless children and youth means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

  • Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement

  • Children and youth 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

  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above

Dispute Resolution Letter
Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001 Dispute Resolution letter that was sent to the field.


Funding results for Homeless grants.


Legislation External link opens in new window or tab.
No Child Left Behind provisions as they relate to homeless education.


Resources Listserv
Join the Homeless Children & Youth Resources listserv to receive information and updates relating to the education of homeless children.

Useful Web sites and publications to help in implementing homeless education programs
Sample Documents

“You Can Enroll in School” Available Translations of Posters

You Can Enroll in School” – English Poster (PDF)

"You Can Enroll in School" – Spanish Poster (PDF)


Suggested program strategies to assist with the implementation of homeless education provisions in the areas of transportation, identification, Title I, enrollment, preschool, and special education.

Hmong Educational Rights of Homeless Children and Youth poster External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth External link opens in new window or tab.
A national grassroots membership association that connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure success for children and youth in homeless situations.

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE External link opens in new window or tab.
Educational organization that promotes continuous improvement of educational opportunities for all learners.

National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty External link opens in new window or tab.
A legal resource center that provides legal assistance.

Homeless Liaisons (XLS; Revised 20-Feb-2014)
List of local educational agency liaisons in California.

Homeless Education - CalEdFacts
California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Questions: Leanne Wheeler | | 866-856-8214 
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 19, 2014

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