For more information about the NC Homeless Program, please visit www.serve.org/hepnc/
- doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship;
- runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home);
- hotels or motels;
- shelters, including domestic violence shelters;
- transitional housing shelters;
- cars, abandoned buildings parks, the streets or other public spaces;
- campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes
- awaiting foster care placement; and/or
- abandoned in a hospital.
Some key provisions in this federal law are listed below:
- Every LEA must designate a homeless education
liaison/coordinator to assist families and school personnel in
ensuring that students who are homeless can enroll and succeed in
- Schools must immediately enroll students experiencing
homelessness, even if they do not have proof of residency, school
and immunization records, birth certificates or other documents,
and even if they are not accompanied by an adult.
- A student in a homeless situation has the right to stay in
his/her school of origin even if (s)he moves out of the
- The LEA must arrange transportation for students experiencing
homelessness even if the studentâs temporary housing
arrangement is out of the district.
- Students experiencing homelessness are eligible, based on
individual need, for services provided to other students such as
preschool, free or reduced school meals, services for English
language learners, special education, vocational/technical
education, gifted and talented services, and before- and
- Students in homeless situations are automatically eligible for
Title I services.
- If there is disagreement as to whether a student experiencing
homelessness is eligible to attend the school (s)he chooses
(between school of origin and school in the district of his/her new
temporary residence), the school district is to provide a written
explanation as to why they believe the student is not eligible and
allow the student to go to the school (s)he chooses while such
disagreements are settled. The LEA liaison/ coordinator is
responsible for settling such disagreements.
- Students in homeless situations are to attend schools with
children who are not experiencing homelessness rather than be
placed in separate schools because they are homeless.
- Students experiencing homelessness are to have the opportunity to meet the same high academic achievement standards as all students.
- National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- Homeless Student Guidance (Updated March 2017)
Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator for Homeless Education
National Center for Homeless Education
SERVE Center at UNCG
336.315.7491 or 1.800.755.3277