Homelessness that co-occurs with the need for special education services compounds the problems for families and their children. Social and educational services are designed to be supportive; however, when service providers are not prepared to work across systems, they can inadvertently cause more distress to this particular population. Service providers must purposefully and collaboratively prepare to serve this unique group in the most efficient manner possible.
Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education issue this Question and Answer (Q & A) document to provide State and local educational officials, early intervention services providers, and homeless assistance coordinators with information to assist with implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act). This Q & A document represents the Department’s current thinking on these topics.
Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations
Homelessness and Students with Disabilities: Educational Rights and Challenges