5 The average age of a homeless person in America is: 9
6 What is the definition of homeless? HUD (Housing and Urban Development) definitionMcKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act definitionHead Start definitionFAFSA definition
7 The McKinney-Vento definition: Students who lack a fixed, permanent and adequate night time dwelling.Shelters, motelsCars, campers, abandoned buildings, barns, sheds, outsideLiving with another family due to lack of income or housingAwaiting foster care placement (the first six months of a new foster care placement.)
8 Unaccompanied youthStudents who are homeless and living without a parent or guardianGetting kicked out or choosing to leave does not affect status“But that student has a good home.”“If they would just follow the rules.”“Shouldn’t he be in foster care?”
9 In the school year Lenawee County public schools identified and served 671 homeless students.
12 School district breakdown Addison 39Adrian KAdrian Head Start 101Blissfield 32Britton/Deerfield 31Clinton 13Hudson 37Madison 51Morenci 31Onsted 36Sand Creek 9Tecumseh 76LISD 35Lenawee Prep 35Other homeless students 33Total 671
13 Research has repeatedly demonstrated that a child will loose 4 – 6 months of academic progress when s/he changes schools in the middle of a school year.Many homeless families report moving four or more times in a school year.
14 Students who change schools in the middle of one of their high school years are twice as likely to drop out as other students.
15 Free and Appropriate Public Education: Enrollment Decisions Homeless students have the right to:attend their school of origin and receive transportation to that school.The school they attended before homeless orThe last school they were enrolled inattend the school in the attendance area where they are homeless.attend the school in dispute while going through the dispute resolution process.
16 McKinney-Vento provisions: an immediate and barrier free enrollmenteven without birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residencyimmediate enrollment in free lunch programtransportationTitle I set asideshomeless liaison in every district
17 Lenawee 2011-2012 homeless liaisons: Addison: Sue Ritchey(517)Adrian: Beth McCullough(517)Blissfield: Louise Keinath(517) ext:273Britton-Deerfield: Wes Rickard(517) ext:248Clinton: Don Fry517)Hudson: Karen Cheney(517) ext:: 336Madison: Lisa Gentry(517)Morenci: Diana Fallot(517)Onsted: Dan Scholz(517)Sand Creek: Connie Younglove(517)Tecumseh: Teri Hoeft(517)LISD: Jody Howard(517)Lenawee Prep. Deb Rhodaberger(517)
18 What is the role of the homeless education liaison? Verify the status of homelessnessEnsure enrollmentArrange transportation to school of origin or new schoolSign free breakfast and lunch formsMake referrals for other servicesBooks, school supplies, socks, shoes, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes…
19 Case StudyA seventeen year old, living with friends in Adrian wants to enroll at Madison High School. She went there as a freshman.She went to Adrian High School for a month this year and was dropped due to lack of attendance.What does the law provide for her?
20 A Tecumseh family was evicted and is now living at a shelter in Adrian. A fifteen year old falls asleep in class and is sent to the counselor. He reports sleeping in a hotel last night.Letters sent home come back to the school stamped “addressee no longer lives here.” The secretary reaches the mother on her cell phone. The mother states there must be a mistake, she hasn’t moved and she will come pick up the mail.
21 A sixteen year old lives with his grandparents during the week so his attendance area will be in the school district he wants to play football in. On the weekends he goes home to live with his parents, who live in a different school district.A seventeen year old girl asks her school counselor what form she needs to fill out because she is going to go live with her boyfriend in a neighboring school district and will be attending school there.
22 A family, with four children attending Blissfield schools, was evicted A family, with four children attending Blissfield schools, was evicted. They moved into a shelter in Adrian. Six weeks later they found an apartment in Madison school district.
23 The Role of School“What homeless children need most of all is a home…but while they are experiencing homelessness, what they need most is to remain in school. School is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless children and youth --- a place where they can acquire the skills they need to help them escape poverty.”National Coalition for the Homeless