Your child might qualify as “homeless” even if they have a place to sleep at night. There are many ways that the law defines homelessness. Many of us think of homeless people as those who live in a car, park, public space, or similar setting. People living in those situations are certainly homeless.
You might not realize, though, that it also includes children who:
- are sharing someone else’s residence due to loss of housing for certain reasons;
- are living in a public or private place not normally used for sleeping; or
- are migrants and living in conditions similar to those described above.
Homeless children have important rights related to their education
Under federal law, children in homeless situations have the right to:
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
- Attend either the local school or their school of origin
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
- Enroll in school right away, even if some records are missing or incomplete
- Participate in all school activities while records are being transferred between schools
- Have access to the same programs and services available to other students
- Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness
Call the Osseo Area Schools Enrollment Center: 763-585-7350
(Interpreter help available in spoken Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai and Liberian English).
Community Emergency Assistance Program Inc. 763-466-9600 www.ceap.org
First Call for Help: 612-335-5000/or 211
Metro Shelter Hotline: 1-888-234-1329