October Homeless Newsletter
New State Coordinator
On June 1, 2016, upon Jackie Harasym’s retirement, Beth Larson-Steckler assumed the role of State Homeless Coordinator. Beth has worked at North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) for over seven years in a variety of capacities. Prior to coming to the NDDPI, she worked closely with K-12 and Higher Education.
NAEHCY Conference October 29 - November 1, 2016 Orlando, Florida
The NAEHCY Conference brings together education, housing, and service sectors with a focus on children and youth from birth through college.
This year's conference will be history in the making: the first NAEHCY conference of the ESSA era! We’ll provide comprehensive, high quality professional development to prepare communities for the Every Student Succeeds Act, including McKinney-Vento and Title I Part A amendments, along with diverse content on early childhood education, higher education, housing partnerships, and access to services. We emphasize programs and practices that are replicable, so you return home with plenty of specific strategies to put into action.
Defining Homelessness Further guidance from the National Center for Homeless Education outlines that there are two specific criteria used in determining students as homeless under McKinney-Vento. They are: 1) economic hardship, and 2) lack of alternative accommodations, those who have no other place of residence. It is important to note that all situations should be independently reviewed. If the district’s intake form indicates that a youth may be homeless, the follow-up step is to complete a needs assessment with the family and child.
The non-regulatory guidance under McKinney Vento for defining students that are homeless who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence is below. The term includes — All children and youth who:
Key Provisions of Local Homeless Liaison
- 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; emergency or transitional shelters; or abandoned in hospitals;
- 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;
- Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
- Identification of youth who are homeless
- Assess needs of youth and family to identify supports/services that are tailored to the individual child and family
- Provide professional development to all staff and other agencies on topics related to homelessness
- Enroll youth in school and assure they have full and equal opportunity to succeed
- Provide educational services for which they are eligible, including referrals to health and other services
- Provide parents information of educational rights and opportunities to participate in the education of their children
- Display and disseminate public notice of educational rights of youth who are homeless
- Mediate enrollment disputes
- Provide information to parents and guardians on transportation services, including transportation to school of origin
- Work with administration and school personnel to ensure that policies and protocols are in place which supports the education of youth who are homeless
- Collection and reporting of data