Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)

The mission of Kenosha Unified School District’s EHCY program is to provide homeless children and youth, under the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, equal access to its educational programs.  Students will be protected from discrimination and will not be segregated on the basis of their homelessness.

The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines “homeless” as lacking a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”.  The term includes children and youth who are:

  • Sharing housing with relatives or other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons

  • Awaiting Foster Care Placement

  • Staying in shelters and transitional housing, including domestic abuse shelters

  • Living in locations such as

    • Motels

    • Hotels

    • Cars

    • Parks

    • Abandoned Buildings

  • Without a parent or guardian, or a teen (up to age 21) living independently

  • Migratory children living in any of the circumstances described above

Each school district’s homeless liaison is responsible for determining if a student qualifies as homeless.

Parent’s Rights

Students who are identified as homeless by the school district’s homeless liaison have the following rights from the point of identification:

  • Immediate school enrollment: Even without proof of residency, guardianship, immunizations, or school records.

  • School choice: Students may choose to stay at the school of origin (the school attended when permanently housed or the school last attended), or to enroll in the school where currently living for the remainder of the academic year.

  • Free lunches: Students are automatically eligible to receive free lunch for the duration of the school year.

  • School fee waivers: Students have the right to receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student’s needs.  This includes extracurricular activities fees (band, choir, sports, and clubs).

  • School supplies: Required school supplies should be provided.

  • Transportation: Homeless students are eligible to receive transportation to and from the school of origin for the duration of the school year.  Transportation shall be provided in accordance with district transportation guidelines.

Resources

For Additional Information

Contact the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (EHCY) through the Department of Special Education and Student Support at (262) 359-6300.