Homeless/Foster Care Information

IF YOU LIVE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS: 

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Eligible students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference. * If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students’ needs.

f you believe you may be eligible, contact the local liaison at Anchor Bay Schools, Carol Selby at 586-648-2525 x 2334, or the MISD, Mary Lebioda at 586-228-3490, to find out what services and supports may be available. 

If you need further assistance with your educational needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education: 1-800-308-2145, homeless@serve.org, http://nche.ed.gov