• Homeless Liaison: Barnetta Harris

    Email: Click Here
    Phone:  815-802-4005
    Who is homeless?

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001-Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act-Sec 725)
    The term homeless children and youth-
    A). Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
    B). Includes-

    (i) Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or a awaiting foster care placement;

    (ii) Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

    (iii) Children and youths who are living in a cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings, and

    (iv) Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

    Education of Homeless Children Act (105 ILCS 45/) 

    Homeless Family Placement Act (310 ILCS 85/)  

    Resources for Families:
    What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School:  A guide for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

    The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) www.serve.org/nche
    Contact: Diana Bowman, Director.  Phone: (800)755-3277 Email:  dbowman@serve.org 

    U.S. Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program www.ed.gov/programs/homeless/index.html
    Contact: Gary Rutkin, Coordinator.  Phone: (202)260-4412 Email:  gary.rutkin@ed.gov

    The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth(NAEHCY) www.naehcy.org
    Contact: Patricia Popp, President.  Phone:  (757)221-7776