MPS offers services to homeless families through school-based and centrally-based programs. The Homeless Education Program is located at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, and a school-based homeless contact is in every MPS school to assist homeless children and families.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines the homeless as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” This definition includes children and youth whose family has lost housing due to economic difficulties and is sharing the housing of others (doubled-up); who are living in motels, hotels, transitional or emergency shelters; or, whose nighttime residence is a place not normally used for housing. Unaccompanied youth and migratory children, who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above, have the same rights.
Homeless children have rights and are eligible for many services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. For example, homeless children and youth have the right to stay in the school they attended prior to becoming homeless (the school of origin); transportation from their temporary residence to the school may be provided; homeless students are eligible for free lunch; and homeless children have the right to waivers of school fees and to school supplies.
Parents/guardians of homeless children or unaccompanied youth should discuss the situation with the school-based homeless contact or with the homeless liaisons in the Homeless Education Program in the Office of Student Services so eligibility can be determined and services coordinated. Call (414) 475-8911 for more information.