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The EHCY Program provides grants to state educational agencies to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate education, including preschool education, provided to other children and youth.
States are responsible for giving the federal grants to school districts.
Funds may be used by school districts for outreach; giving assistance to students; transportation; school supplies; coordination among local service providers; school and summer programs; and referrals to support services.
The Rights of Children who are Homeless
Children must be allowed to stay in the school they were attending before becoming homeless even if they move from place to place. The school districts must provide transportation to and from the child’s school
School-age children, who are homeless, must be enrolled in school without delay. This is true even if they don’t have necessary documents or medical records.
Children cannot be treated differently from their peers solelybecause of their residential status.
Homeless children can receive free school meals as soon as s/he enters school. The guardian must still complete the meal application form.
Parents have a right to file a complaint if they feel their child is being kept out of school unfairly.
There are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the U.S.
39 percent of the homeless population is young people under 18.
About 75 percent of homeless teens use drugs or...
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