EDUCATION OF HOMELESS
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Belva Belton, Homeless Liaison
The federal McKinney-Vento Act protects the rights of children and youths in homeless situations to attend and succeed in school, including preschool. The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youths who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate residence, including those who are staying with friends or relatives because they have lost their housing; or are living in emergency or transitional shelters, motels, domestic violence shelters, campgrounds, inadequate trailer parks, cars, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or bus and train stations.
The Rights of Homeless Parents and Their Children
- Your child has the right to go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
- Your child has the right to stay in the school that he or she was attending before becoming homeless, if it is feasible.
- Your child has the right to be enrolled in school immediately, even if you do not have all of the paperwork. The Liaison will assist you with getting the needed documents.
- Your child has the right to be provided with transportation to and from school.
If you are currently experiencing homelessness, please call my office for more information. (803) 635-4607 Ext 10308
The Office of Homeless Assistance operates a Clothing Closet that provides school uniforms, clothing and shoes, hygiene items, coats and other items for families in need. Please contact Belva Belton at (803) 635-7147 if you are in need of assistance.