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Homeless Education Program


CBSS Homeless Education Program


Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness have the Right

to a Free, Appropriate Public Education


The McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term
includes –

  1. Children and youth who are:

    • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up);

    • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

    • living in emergency or transitional shelters;

    • abandoned in hospitals; or

    • awaiting foster care placement;

  2. 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;

  3. Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

  4. Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

  5. Under the McKinney-Vento Act children and youth living in homeless situations have the right to:

    • Immediately enroll in school

    • Remain in the school of origin

    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin

    • Have access to the same services offered to other children and youth

Helpful Websites:
Louisiana State Department of Education

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Dr. Angela Domingue 
Federal Programs
14750 Plank Road
Baker LA 70714
Phone: 225-774-5795
Fax: 225-774-5797