Who Is Homeless?
Homeless students are those who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. This includes students 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 campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals.
The definition includes migratory students who live in the aforementioned situations. Beginning Dec. 10, 2016, “those awaiting foster care placement” are not included in the definition. Read more
For information to help support McKinney-Vento eligible students through the community-wide impact of COVID-19, please visit Indiana Department of Education - COVID 19 Resources for Indiana Schools.
For specific questions please reach out to Gina Woodward - Homeless Education Specialist
For local resources on emergency shelter and housing assistance please contact:
- Marion County – Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP Indy)
- All Other Counties (Balance of State) – Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)
- A Parent's Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Food Pantries in Indiana
- Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation
- Indiana's Emergency Shelter List
- INEHCY Resource Guide 2017
- InteCare Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
- McKinney-Vento for Parents and Youth
- OuTreach, Inc. - Hope for Homeless Youth
Compliance Review Requirement Overview
The Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth (INEHCY) program is required by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, Part A – Homeless Children and Youths, Sec.722 (f) (5), to monitor all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure compliance with federal education regulations for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
USDOE requires the following elements in the INEHCY program monitoring process:
- Technical assistance
- Review protocol, including interview questions
- Document the review with a written report of whether requirements were met or corrective actions are required
- A process for resolving required corrective actions and possible follow-up if LEAs need assistance with compliance
- Rights of Homeless Youth English | Spanish
- Caregiver Authorization Form PDF | Word
- Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters-INEHCY
- Enrollment Restrictions and Denial of Enrollment
- FORM II 6-15 Custodial Statement and Agreement - Third Party Custody
- Graduation Rate for Students Determined to be at an Unknown Location
- INEHCY-Enrollment Form
- Homeless Identification Form
- Homeless/ Unattached Youth Verification for the Purposes of Federal Financial Aid PDF | Word
- Indiana Code Foster Care Transportation
LEAs interested in applying for additional funding to support homeless children and youth may wish to review the webinar “McKinney-Vento: Homeless Youth Education Supplemental Support & Grant Process Review.” This presentation will address updates to the 2019-2021 application process for McKinney Vento funding that is due Aug. 30, 2019. The funding will focus on collaborative efforts developed across communities which plan to utilize high-impact interventions. A summary of the grant requirements and a time line for reviewing the grant and funding distribution are included. For questions, reach out to Gina Woodward
The Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program awards grants to eligible states for costs incurred during the 2018-2019 school year as a result of educating public and non-public school students displaced by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019 in those areas for which a major disaster or emergency is declared under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5190). Thankfully, the state of Indiana did not directly experience any qualifying natural disasters during this calendar term, however schools serving those displaced by these events may still qualify. A complete list of qualifying disasters and emergencies can be found HERE.
Indiana schools believed to be currently eligible for Temporary Emergency Impact Aid funding from the USDOE are invited to complete the linked application(s) and submit to the INDOE for review. LEA applications and Non-Public school applications must be completed and submitted on or before Friday October 18th, 2019 at 3:00pm. Completed applications should be returned to Gina Woodward – Homeless Education Specialist – email@example.com.
- INEHCY-Hurricane Resources-Homeless Student Rights
- INEHCY-Referral Tool-10-2017
- Responding to Disasters-August 2017-SchHouseConn
- Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters-INEHCY
- INEHCY-Flood Resources Q & A
- Supporting Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters: Five Key Policies for Schools
- Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events
- Disaster Preparation and Response
Every Student Succeeds Act
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Indiana will create a plan to better align our local, state and federal programs to help all students be successful.
The Indiana Department of Education is committed to meaningfully engaging a diverse group of stakeholders through a variety of methods and opportunities to solicit thoughts, opinions and recommendations concerning provisions in Indiana’s state plan.
In general, SEAs and LEAs must begin implementing the new McKinney-Vento Act requirements by October 1, 2016. As noted above, however, the ESSA amended section 725 of the McKinney Vento Act, removing “awaiting foster care” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.” This change is effective on December 10, 2016, for most States. In addition, the ESSA removes “awaiting foster care placement” from the definition of “homeless children and youths.