Title IX -Students in Transition

November 2020


Can children or youth be considered homeless if their parents have sent them to live with other people because the parents are too poor to provide a regular and adequate home? Is the answer the same if the parents do not live in the United States?

Yes and yes. Whether a child meets the definition of homelessness rests upon the child's living situation. A child is eligible for McKinney-Vento services if the child is sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing , economic hardship, or a similar reason. Therefore, a child who has been sent to live with others because his or her parents cannot afford to provide regular, adequate housing may be eligible for the McKinney-Vento Act's protections depending on the nature of the living arrangement. Children or youth who run away from home are also eligible. Whether the parents live in the U.S. or elsewhere is irrelevant and not a factor under the law.
Dez Says: Don't Let Homelessness Stop Your Education, Find Help

Don't Let Homelessness Stop Your Education

If you are staying temporarily with someone else because you had to leave your home, or staying in a motel, campground, shelter, or in an outside or inadequate place, you have special rights at your school (elementary, middle, and high school). For more information contact your school counselor or Title I/IX office 850-301-3008.

Those rights include:

  • Staying in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in your best interest
  • Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require, and without a parent or guardian
  • Receiving free school meals
  • Getting help with school supplies, including what is needed to participate in distance learning and other needs