Who is considered homeless?
The McKinney Vento Act defines a "homeless children and youth" (school age and younger) as:
- Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, cars, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, camping grounds, or similar settings due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
I need help. Where can I go?
Stop by the office of any school within Three Rivers School District. We have family advocates at each school whose job is to identify students in need of homeless assistance. Three Rivers offers resources to homeless students including the following: advocacy, school/clothing/hygiene supplies, food assistance, mentoring, access to healthcare, student fee assistance, sports fee waivers, and referral services for case management and shelter/housing options. If we can't provide what your student needs, we can refer you to a local community service that may be able to help.
Who do I contact?
Federal Programs Director - Jessica Durrant - (541) 862-3111 x 5276
District Homeless Liaison - Shawn Hartford - (541) 862-3111 x 5207