If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights and services.
A student is considered “homeless” if he or she is presently:
- Living in a shelter
- Living in a motel, hotel, or campground due to a lack of adequate housing
- Sharing housing with relatives or others due to a lack of housing
- Living at a train or bus station, a park, or in a car
- Living in an abandoned building
- A youth not living with a parent or guardian
- A child of a migrant worker
- In other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence
The Harrisburg School District also recognizes Unaccompanied Homeless Youth — students not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and also meeting a homeless criteria.
If you think your family qualifies as homeless or you are a youth who may qualify as an unaccompanied youth, please contact the homeless liaison, Julie Price, or your school counselor.
The National Center for Homeless Education website has a lot of good information, including a website for parents who want to help their child in school.
Homeless Liaison (McKinney Vento) - Julie Price
207 West Estes, Harrisburg, AR 72432