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Homelessness Resources

Resources for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.
If you are in a homeless situation, please complete and submit this questionnaire (instructions at the top of the form).

McKinney-Vento defines homelessness as:
  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of one’s own housing;
  • Economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative;
  • Staying in shelters or transitional housing;
  • Sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.
Your McKinney-Vento eligible children have the right to:
  • Receive a free, appropriate public education;  
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment;
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents;
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference;
  • If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision;
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this;
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs;
Your housing status is confidential and will only be shared with your student’s school counselor who will contact you directly to offer assistance.
Tina Potter
Homeless Advocate
Teaching and Learning

Annual Notice

Children of homeless individuals and unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian) who are actually living in the District, or who were enrolled in the District when they became homeless, shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, as provided to other children and youth who reside in the District. The Superintendent shall designate an employee to be the District's liaison for homeless children and youth, who will be responsible for administration of this policy. The entire document is available in pdf here.

Community Resources

Here is a directory of resources available in the Fond du Lac community.