Experiencing Homelessness


The Definition of Homelessness   B

The McKinney-Vento law says that homelessness includes individuals who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate home because they have lost their own home. This means:

• Individuals who have lost their own home, suffering a financial hardship or similar reason;

• Individuals who are sharing the housing of others;

• Individuals who are living in hotels or motels or in campgrounds or trailer parks that are not viewed as year round homes because they do not have accommodations, such as heat or running water;

• Individuals who are living in emergency shelters or who have been abandoned in hospitals;

• Individuals who are living in cars, parks or public spaces.



The Rights of Homeless Parents and Their Homeless Students

• Your child may stay in the school he or she was in before becoming homeless or enroll in a school where the child is living for the time being;

• You may make this choice of schools with the best interests of your child in mind;

• Your child must receive the transportation he or she needs;

• You can expect to enroll your child in school without delay, even if you do not have paperwork, such as your child’s birth certificate or medical records;

• Your child has the right to receive free meals;

• Your child must receive the same special programs and services that other children receive, including special education, migrant education and vocational education;

• Your child must receive the same public education other children receive, including preschool.

• Your child cannot be separated from other students in a different school or different program because he or she is homeless;

• Your child may attend the school you choose, even if there is a dispute while the dispute is in the appeal process;

• After being placed in permanent housing, your child may stay in his or her original school for the rest of the school year and receive transportation to that school. This will provide stability for your child.


To Help Your Student Have Stability, You Can:

• Keep in touch with the school district’s local contact person to update this person on changes that may occur with the child;

• Inform district contacts when you foresee a change in student’s transportation needs;

• Make sure your student is going to school regularly;

• Ask the district contact person about help available in the community;

• Ask for more support for your child’s education, if needed. This includes school supplies and support in learning, such as tutoring.


Your District Contact Person Can Help You:

• Understand your rights;

• Make a choice between schools;

• Get school records sent to another school;

• Get birth certificates and vaccination records

• Get information about help in the community, such as health, dental and mental health care and other services;

• Make sure your student has the needed academic support;

• Refer your student for early education services, including Head Start and intervention services;

• Connect your student with after-school programs and activities;

• Represent your needs as an unaccompanied youth; and

• Manage disputes about whether you or your child qualify for these services.


District Homeless Liaison

Natalie Collins - [email protected]


Julie Kurtz - [email protected]

Phone: (937)593-9010 

State Homeless Liaison

Susannah Wayland

Phone: (614) 387-7725     Toll-Free: (877) 644-6338

[email protected]



Ohio Department of Education Website


LAU Resource Center for English Learners

education.ohio.gov/LAU • (614) 466-4109 •

[email protected]

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) –

Improving Learning through Research and Development


School House Connection


National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty


Runaway and Homeless Youth


Coalition of Homelessness and Housing (COHHIO)

cohhio.org • (614) 280-1984

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

naehcy.org • (866) 862-2562

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

nlchp.org • (202) 638-2535

SERVE Improving Learning through Research and Development

center.serve.org/nche • (800) 308-2145 (tollfree)

Agency Assistance

Image result for snowmanBridges Community Action Winter Crisis Program  (November 1-March 31)

1653 US 68 N, Bellefontaine, OH       937-404-9203

For those below 175% Federal poverty level who need help with paying heating bills when you

  • Are disconnected or threatened with disconnection
  • Have less than a 25% supply of bulk fuel, wood or coal
  • Need help establishing or transferring service


Image result for food clipartSt. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Patrick Church

Makley Hall, 316 E Patterson, Bellefontaine, OH      

PANTRY HOURS:  Tuesdays 10a-12p    Wednesdays 5p-7p      Thursdays 10a-12p

                                *Bring photo ID and a piece of mail for address verification

FINANCIAL HELP:  First Thursday of the month 10a-1p or the following Wednesday 5p-7p

                                *Bring photo ID and copy of bill or shutoff notice OR landlord name, address, phone

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