Homeless Information McKinney-Vento Act

  • Debbie GonzalezWFISD Homeless Liaison
    Please call Debbie for any questions or concerns regarding Student Residency Questionnaire or Homeless student qualifications. 
    All students enrolled in WFISD must fill out a Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ). Each student needs to fill out a new SRQ each school year and during the year if there is a change in their living situation that would qualify them as homeless. Based on the answers provided, the information will help determine the services a student may be eligible to receive.
    Responsibilities of the Campus include:
    1) Identify a Homeless Coordinator at your campus- This person needs to follow the procedure from start to finish.
              A) Have all students fill out 
              B) Send SRQ form to the Federal and State Programs Office at the Ed Center.
              C) Make a referral to the Social Work office if there are any needs for student/students.
    2) The Campus Homeless Coordinator must continue to update the list of students throughout the year. If a student reports a change that would qualify them as homeless during the school year, a student residency questionnaire must be filled out.
    Your program is only as good as your paperwork....meaning if you do not document, it did not happen. And not documenting a homeless student could affect the amount of money the district receives in the future to assist our families with resources.
    TEACHERS- you get more information about the living situations than anyone else in the school. Please make sure that the student has an SRQ filled out when you find out about a homeless situation. It may be a temporary situation but it still needs to be documented. Some living situations that we have never looked at as homeless just might qualify. Families living in a house with one or more families, families moving from place to place and families living in hotels/motels.
    McKinney-Vento Act Sec 725(2);42 U.S.C 11435 (2) 
    Definition of Homelessness
    Children and Youth living in different situations are considered homeless under Federal Law. Homelessness is a lack of permanent housing resulting from extreme poverty or from the lack of safe and stable living arrangement. Children and youth in homeless situations often do not fit society's stereotypical images of homelessness. Therefore, educators may not realize the breadth of students who are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act. and, as such, qualify for its protections and services. The McKinney-Vento Act contains a specific definition of homelessness that includes a broad array of living situations. 
    The term "homeless children and youth"
    A) means and individual who lacked fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence....; and 
    B) Includes........
    (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motel, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations; are living in an emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
    (ii) children and youths who 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;
    (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 
    (iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of the subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).