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									Students In
Housing (STH)

Asantewa James
Winnie Tjioe
STH Content Experts
Queens Integrated Service

            October 2008
  Student in Temporary Housing (STH)

    McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act and
 Chancellor’s Regulation A-780 ensure that students in
temporary housing have equal access to the same free
   and appropriate public education as permanently
  housed students, and prohibit segregating homeless

Who is Considered Homeless Under the
McKinney Vento Act?
One who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime
residence, including children and youth who are:
    Living in emergency or transitional housing;
    Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
    Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of
     alternative adequate housing;
    Awaiting foster care placement;
    Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing,
     or bus or train stations;
    Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or
     private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping
     accommodations; or
    Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in the
     circumstances described above.
   (M-V Section 725(2); N.Y. Educ. Law § 3209(a)(2))

Fixed, Adequate and Regular
     A fixed residence is one that is stationary,
      permanent, and not subject to change
    A regular residence is one which is used on a
      nightly basis
    An adequate residence is one that is sufficient for
     meeting both the physical and psychological
     needs typically met in home environments

Unaccompanied Youth
The McKinney-Vento Act and state laws that deal with
  the educational rights of children and youth who are
  homeless, define an unaccompanied youth as one:

    Who is “not in the physical custody of a parent
     or guardian” (M-V Sec. 725(6)) and

    Who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate
     nighttime residence. (M-V Section 725(2); N.Y. Educ. Law §

School Responsibilities under McKinney
Vento Act and Chancellor’s Regulation
      Schools must be aware of students’ rights, which include full transportation
       regardless of distance and free meals

      Schools must immediately enroll STH students even if they do not have all of their
       records. STH Content Experts and/or Family Assistants are available to assist STH
       families obtain all the necessary documentation. Schools must also allow
       unaccompanied youth to enroll him/herself. In such cases, it is strongly suggested
       that schools contact Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and
       STH Content Expert for assistance

      To identify students in temporary living situations and to determine the educational
       services and supports they may be eligible to receive, schools need to distribute the
       Residency Questionnaire to newly enrolled students and to students changing their

      In the case of enrollment dispute, the school of student’s choice must immediately
       enroll the student, provide a written explanation of its decision, and contact STH
       Content Expert to assist the student with the dispute process

      Schools must inform STH families of their education rights by putting up STH posters
       and providing STH families with the McKinney-Vento guides. Both the guides and
       posters are available at the ISC upon request

      Schools may use Title 1 funding to provide additional support for students in
       temporary housing

      What are the Rights of Students in
    Temporary Housing under the McKinney
    Vento Act and Chancellor’s Regulation?

    To a free public education
    To remain in their school of origin (the school they last attended before
     becoming homeless or the school they were last enrolled) or the local school of
     their current placement

    To transportation services to and from school regardless of distance
    To not be denied school enrollment just because of their situation or because
     they lack enrollment documentation (including immunization record).
    To not be separated from the regular school program because they are

Children and Youth Coming from Out of

Under federal law, an unaccompanied youth who is
coming from out of state may still attend the school of
origin provided that it is feasible and in the best
interests of the youth
M-V Section 722(g)(3)(B)

“Feasible” is not defined under federal or state law
Where the youth would have to travel over 50 miles, it
is probably not in the best interests of the youth
N.Y. Educ. Law § 3209(4)(c)

   Enrollment and Transfer of Records for
            Homeless Students
Students who are homeless are entitled to immediate
enrollment, even if they do not have:
           school records,
           medical records including immunization records,
           proof of residency,
           guardianship papers,
           birth certificate, or other documents normally needed.
            M-V Section 722(g)(3)(C)(i); N.Y. Educ. Law § 3209(2)(e); 8 N.Y.C.R.R. § 100.2(x)(4)(ii).

“Enroll" means attending classes and participating fully
in school activities. This applies for students with IEPs.
M-V Section 725(1)

Unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness do not
need their parents to enroll in school.

   Enrollment and Transfer of Records for
            Homeless Students
Enrolling schools should obtain the school records
from the previous school
M-V Section 722(g)(3)(C)(ii); N.Y. Educ. Law § 3209(2)(e)(3); 8 N.Y.C.R.R. § 100.2(x)(4)(iv)

Within 5 days of receiving the request for records, the
previous school should forward a complete copy of the
youth’s records including proof of age, academic
records, evaluations, immunization records, and
guardianship papers to the enrolling school.
N.Y. Educ. Law § 3209(2)(f); 8 N.Y.C.R.R. § 100.2(x)(5)

         Transportation for Students in NYC
For students not receiving busing, a full-fare MetroCard should be provided by
the school. All normal distance and age requirements are waived
Chancellor’s Regulation A-780

Students waiting to receive a full-fare MetroCard from school should receive
Student MetroCards from the STH Content Experts or STH Family Assistant
M-V Section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii)

A parent, of a student in grade 6 and under who receives a full fare Metro Card,
can also receive a Metrocard from the STH Family Assistant or STH Content
Expert to transport their child to and from school

In certain circumstances, transportation may be provided through the academic
year in which the child or youth moves into permanent housing.
M-V Section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii)& 722(g)(3)(A)(I)

                  Access to Comparable Services

Youth living in temporary housing are to be provided services
comparable to those received by other students in the school
selected, including transportation services and education
programs for which students meet eligibility criteria such as:

    services provided under Title I or similar state or local programs
    programs for students with disabilities
    programs for students with limited English proficiency
    vocational or technical programs
    gifted and talented programs
    and school nutrition programs.
      M-V Section 722(g)(4)

           Special Education:
 Students who Temporarily Relocate within
For students in temporary housing who transfer to a local
    Placement and transportation in the new district must be arranged

    The local school must immediately request the student’s IEP and other pertinent
     records from the school where the child last attended

For students who remain in the school of origin:

    Family or family assistant must notify the school of the change of address so
     changes in transportation can be arranged

             Special Education:
Students in Temporary Housing from outside
                  of NYC
When a child with a current IEP changes school districts during the school year, the new
school district must immediately provide services comparable to those described in the
previous IEP

Where a student has transferred to a new school district, the new school district can
either adopt the old IEP or implement a new IEP

It is the enrolling school’s responsibility to request the child’s special education records
from the previous school and that school must respond to the records request within 5

               Special Education –
              Unaccompanied Youth

School districts must appoint a surrogate parent within
30 days

Staff members of emergency shelters, transitional
shelters, independent living programs, and street
outreach programs can be temporary surrogate parents

Residency Questionnaire
To properly identify students in temporary housing, schools
   must distribute the Residency Questionnaire along with
   the McKinney Vento Act Guide to Parents to newly
   enrolled students and to students who are changing their
        Housing status should be inputted into ATS as part of student’s biographical

        Paper copy of the Residency Questionnaire should be filed in the student’s
         cumulative record

        Pupil Accounting Secretary may pull a roster of STH students in their school
         using UPCO and RBIR functions in ATS

Copies of the Residency Questionnaire and the McKinney Vento guide can be found in
    NYC Department of Education website (

    Family Assistants/ Educational Liaisons-
       In Department of Homeless Service (DHS) shelters and in some schools,
          Family Assistants or Education Liaisons are available to assist homeless
          parents and their children with their educational needs

    Students In Temporary Housing Content Expert-
       Each borough Integrated Service Center (ISC) has at least one Students in
          Temporary Housing (STH) Content Expert who serves as the STH liaison
          and manages programs and services designed to help children who are
          homeless pursue their education. They supervises the Family Assistants
          who are shelter based

    Students in Temporary Housing Liaison-
       Each Children First Network (CFN) has a designated STH liaison available
          to assist children who are homeless with their educational needs.
       Additionally, District 75 and District 79 each have a designated STH liaison
          available to assist children who are homeless with their educational needs

   Contact Information
    Office of Youth Development                                     Content Expert -
 Integrated Service Center Location                Districts          STH Name            Office Number                 E-mail
                                                                      Stephanie Dyer      (718) 741-7783
         1 Fordham Plaza, Rm821A                 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
              Bronx, NY 10458                    12                    Regina Ross        (718) 741-8595
                 Brooklyn                                              Jean Regnier       (718) 935-3296
            131 Livingston Street                13, 14, 15, 16,
            Brooklyn, NY 11201                   19, 23, 32            Wayne Harris       (718) 812- 5927
                Staten Island                                         Keshia Jackson        718-390-1531
             715 Ocean Terrace                   17, 18, 20, 21,
           Staten Island, NY 10301               22, 31              Charlene Mitchell    (718) 390-1530
                 Manhattan                                           Cecilio (Bo) Diaz    (917) 339-1698
         333 7th Avenue, 12th Floor
           Manhattan, NY 10001                   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6       Iris Gersten      (917) 339-1718
                  Queens                                             Asantawea James        718-391-6834
         28-11 Queens Plaza North                24, 25, 26, 27,
         Long Island City, NY 11101                28, 29, 30          Winnie Tjioe         718-391-6832

                 Citywide                          Districts              Name            Office Number                 E-mail
             Special Education                                         Paul Cooper        (212) 802-1565
         400 First Avenue, Room 113
            New York, NY 10010                          75            Michele Marcel      (212) 802-1579
Alternative High Schools                   90-
27 Sutphin Blvd., 2nd Floor           Jamaica,
                   NY 11435                             79             Stacey Oliger      (917) 521-3634
                                                                     Susana Vilardell,
Office of School and Youth Development 52                            Senior Program
          Chamber Street, Room 218                  Citywide            Manager            (212) 374-2530
             New York, NY 10007                                        Nicole Fenice,
                                                                    Program Coordinator   (212) 374-0860

Additional Resource

 McKinney Vento and technical assistance link:

 Office of School and Youth Development Best Practices
  Standards link:

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