When Are Students Considered Homeless?

  • A student is considered to be experiencing homelessness if he or she lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence, and is:

    • living in a motel, hotel, campground, trailer park, car, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing due to lack of alternative adequate housing;
    • living in an emergency or transitional shelter;
    • sharing housing with relatives or others due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
    • living in a car, park, public place not meant for habitation;
    • a youth not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian due to incarceration or death of parent, or because the youth has run away;
    • classified migratory and living in circumstances which or not a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence.

What Are My Rights?

    • Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school.
    • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
    • Children and youth experiencing homelessness can stay in their school of origin or enroll in the zoned school where they are experiencing the displacement, according to their best interest.
    • Schools must provide you with a written explanation if placement dispute occurs and you may appeal their decision through contacting the program at (804)-780-6288.
    • Youth cannot be denied school enrollment of school enrollment documentation is not immediately available.
    • Youth have the right to transportation services to and from school; if determined feasible.
    • Youth have the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state or local programs for which they are eligible.  Transportation may not be available for these activities.
  • Richmond Public Schools is committed to educating and providing support for our students experiencing homelessness.

    We understand challenges facing students experiencing homelessness, and have support programs in place to make certain that our homeless youth have the resources necessary to obtain a successful education.

    For further assistance, contact the McKinney-Vento Office at (804)-780-6288.