The Siskiyou County Office of Education (SCOE) was awarded the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Grant which protects the educational rights of homeless youth in Siskiyou County. Often people’s definition of homeless is mistaken. The legal definition is as follows:
An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
- Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- Living in motels, hotels trailer parks, or camping grounds do to lack of alternative adequate housing
- Living in emergency or transitional housing
- Awaiting foster care
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or bus or train stations
- Public or private place not designed for sleeping
- Unaccompanied youth
Children living in these conditions have the right to:
- Immediately enroll in school with or without the proper documentation or immunization records.
- Remain in the school of origin for the duration of the academic year.
- Transportation provided to and from the school of origin.
- Enroll without having to give a permanent address or proof of residency.
Our goal this year is to:
- Help schools identify homeless youth
- Help defray the cost of transportation to and from the school of origin
- Provide school supplies and backpacks
- Provide trainings and awareness about families in homeless situations