The Homeless Education Program can provide:
- Assistance in school enrollment
- Advocacy to keep your child in his/her school of origin, if possible.
- Transportation assistance
- Resolution of school enrollment disputes
- Help to ensure students in transition receive appropriate educational services
- Backpacks & school supplies
- Assistance with school clothing
- The opportunity to be fully involved in your child’s academic experience
Do You Have Uncertain Housing? A Temporary or No Permanent Physical Address?
You are guaranteed enrollment in school by the Federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law if you live:
- In a shelter (family, domestic violence, or youth shelter or transitional living program)
- In a motel, hotel, or weekly rate housing
- In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
- In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the street
- In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not your parent or guardian
- In substandard housing (without electricity, water, or heat)
- With friends or family because you are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth
To enroll in or attend school if you live under any of these conditions, you do NOT need to provide:
- Proof of residency
- Immunization records or tuberculosis skin-test results
- School records
- Legal guardianship papers
- Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible.
- Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled even if you have moved away from that school’s attendance zone or
- Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school of origin.
- Qualify automatically for child nutrition programs (free and reduced-price lunches and other district food programs).
- Contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment
Parents’ responsibilities are to:
- Make sure your child attends school regularly and completes homework and projects on time.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences, Back-to-School Nights, and other school-related
- Stay informed of school rules, regulations, and Participate in school advisory/decision-making
Welcome and Wellness Center Homeless Liaison
44308 Hardwood Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
Jennifer Kottke, Ed.D., Homeless Education Coordinator II
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Leanne Wheeler, State Coordinator
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, California 95814