Who is Homeless?

According to the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless children and youth include individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

This includes the following situations:
     Sharing the housing of others (known as doubling-up) due to
             loss of housing or economic hardship
     Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds
     Living in emergency or transitional shelters
     Abandoned in hospitals
     Awaiting foster-care placement
     Living in a nighttime residence that is a public or private place  
            not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping
     Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing,
            bus or train stations, or similar settings

The McKinney-Vento Act also recognizes unaccompanied youth who are homeless. According to the act, an unaccompanied youth is a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.

The Richmond R-XVI School District provides educational services to all students determined to be homeless and living within our school boundary.  Eligible students are automatically eligible to participate in:
     The school meals program
     Instructional services through Title I and other services intended
            to support academic success such as tutoring and
            transportation to school if it is in the best interest of the

Please contact the school principal, school counselor, or the Homeless Coordinator at the Richmond R-XVI School District Central Office for further information.  Phone:  816-776-6912