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Homeless Youth Services

Lindsay Unified School District is committed to:

  • Connecting youth experiencing homelessness with education support and services.
  • Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Laws for schools at LUSD.
  • Involving communities in supporting our families and children in need.
The McKinney-Vento Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Assistance Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who:

  • Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
  • Share housing of other people due to loss of housing, crisis or economic hardship
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in emergency, transitional shelters, or domestic violence shelters
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Having a nighttime residence that is public or a private place not designed for ordinarily use as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Are awaiting foster care placement
  • Are migratory children who qualify as homeless
  • Unaccompanied youth and runaways (defined as a youth not in physical custody of a parent or guardian)
  • Abandoned in hospitals
Students have rights to the following:
  • Immediate school enrollment which includes attending classes and participating fully in school activities, this includes Preschool even if they lack required documentation. They may continue to attend the school in which they were last enrolled. They may enroll if they are unaccompanied or a runaway youth without an adult.
  • For Preschool aged children- access to Head Start and early intervention programs.
  • Learners shall receive assistance from counselors to advise , prepare and improve readiness for college.
  • May receive transportation from their current residence back to their school of origin. If Family gains permanent residence they may continue in their school of origin until the end of the school year. They do not have the right to attend to attend the next matriculating school year. They must attend the school in the area they are temporarily residing.
  • Receive the same special programs and services provided to other children, special education, migrant education, vocational education, preschool and afterschool programs.
  • Credit Recovery- LEA’s must have procedures to identify and remove barriers that prevent youth from receiving partial credit for full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed while attending a prior school in accordance with state, local and school policies.
LUSD’s Homeless Liaison is located at Lindsay Healthy Start Family Resource Center

Linda Bonilla lbonilla@lindsay.k12.ca.us (559) 239-7734

Additional Supports are available to support your child and your families needs. Supports include:

  • Basic Needs- School supplies, hygiene kits, clothing and food.
  • Case Management
  • Linkages to Dental, Medical, Mental Health and Vision services
  • Parenting Support
  • Resource and Referral to local service agencies for Cal Works, Energy Assistance, Homeless Assistance Programs, Legal Aid, and WIC.

To determine if your child is eligible for these services, please complete this affidavit and return in to your school site or to Healthy Start Family Resource Center.