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1 Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Presented by: Pam Woods District Homeless Education Liaison Volusia County Schools

2 Homeless Definition Students lack a fixed, regular, and adequate
night-time residence Children and Youth are considered homeless when they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence and they: Share housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason Stay in emergency or transitional shelters, motels, hotels, travel trailer parks, or camping grounds Stay in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations Stay in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings Are abandoned or awaiting foster care placement Legal Obligation: School districts are required to identify and serve homeless children and youth, regardless of funding, under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Each district must have a designated homeless liaison and provide specific services. Legal Authority: Sections ; Florida Statutes Laws Implemented: Section (12), (1)(f); Florida Statutes McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act VCS Student/Pupil Policy Number 209 (adopted and effective July 28, 2009)

3 Housing Instability Think of homelessness in terms of housing instability Families may have housing for a period of time and then lose it Housing Instability affects academic performance These children and youth typically perform below grade level

4 Rights of Homeless Children and Youth
Enroll in school without having a permanent address Enroll and attend school while arranging for required school records or documents Remain in the school attended before becoming homeless (called school of origin) Attend school and participate in school programs with students who are not homeless Receive special programs and services for which they are eligible Receive assistance with transportation to school

5 Barriers to Learning May not know where they will be from day to day
Lack adequate school supplies Have no place to study or do projects Experience multiple school placements

6 School Stability Critical to Educational Success
Students who switch schools frequently score lower on standardized tests Mobility also hurts non-mobile students It takes children 4-6 months to recover academically after changing schools Students suffer psychologically, socially, and academically from high mobility and are less likely to participate in activities

7 Statistics: SY - identified 2016 students who met the federal definition of homelessness SY – identified 1125 students who met the federal definition of homelessness Homelessness occurs at all grade levels with the majority occurring at the elementary level

8 Focus of Volusia County Schools
Attendance Academic achievement School stability Services Community Linkages Areas of Focus: Improve attendance through collaboration of school social workers, schools, and parents Increase academic achievement through after school tutoring at area shelters and Longstreet Elementary Provide school stability by improved identification, immediate enrollment, and keeping students in school of origin by supplying transportation Initiatives: Services Funds for School Activities and Family Needs Tutoring at STAR, Family Renew, and Beach House Educational supplies Transportation costs Support for homeless unaccompanied youth – Beach House Enrichment Summer enrichment – Beach House Staff development Informational brochures District Homeless Education Steering Committee Community Linkages Food Brings Hope Cudas UnHooked Wolves UnPacked

9 For more information Pam Woods District Homeless Education Liaison
Volusia County Schools (386) ext or 50395

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