Homeless Program

Overview

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Homeless children and unaccompanied youth must have access to public school educational programs and services that allow them to meet the same challenging state academic standards to which all students are held.

Program Elements

  • Identify and immediately enroll any homeless child or youth (preschool to grade 12), even without academic or medical records.
  • Continue children or youths in their "school of origin" for the duration of their homelessness.
  • Inform parents/guardians of the educational rights of their children.
  • Provide transportation, at the request of the parent, to the school of origin.
  • Ensure no barriers exist (for example, residency requirements, lack of transportation or school fees) for full educational participation.
  • Develop partnerships with community agencies to identify and assist with basic services for homeless families, children, and youth.
  • Ensure homeless students are not segregated or stigmatized.

Identifying Families and Students

The McKinney-Vento Act defines children and youth who are homeless (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:

Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes 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 double-up);
  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • living emergency or transitional shelters;
  • abandoned in hospitals; or
  • awaiting foster care placement.

Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

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

If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, please contact Kate Harder, homeless liaison.  See contact information below.

Resource: http://dpi.wi.gov/homeless

Anne Jungwirth
Social Worker
Email
262-642-6760 x5242