Homeless Students

McKinney Education Grant Strives to Remove Educational Barriers for Students who are Homeless

The Title 1 portion of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act has many statutory requirements regulating how funding is dispersed to schools, as well as requirements for percentages of funding spent on cost objectives. The  McKinney Education for Homeless Children & Youth Grant strives to remove all educational barriers facing homeless children and youth with emphasis on educational enrollment, attendance and success.


McKinney-Vento Act

Children and youth aged birth-21 years old that lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless, including those who:

  • Share housing with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Are abandoned in hospital
  • Have a primary nighttime residence not designed for, or used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Are migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances
  • Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian


Students who are homeless in PSD

2009-2010 858
2010-2011 1021
2011-2012 988
2012-2013 953
2013-2014 1142
2014-2015 1043
2015-2016 739
2016-2017 900
2017-2018 1034


Rights of youth who are homeless:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment. (i.e., immunizations, proof of residency)
  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin.
  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services
  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness.
  • The posting of homeless students' rights in all schools and other places around the community.


Helpful information:

  • McBackpack weekend food assistance for hungry students and their families.  Please contact Susan Lind: (970) 488-4859
  • FAFSA support is available beginning October 1.
  • Higher Education Single Points of Contact (SPOCS) for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Transitioning to Higher Education
  • 211 Larimer County Your link to community services

Contact Information

Program Specialist for Homeless Education
Whitney Reid | 970.420.9208 | wreid@psdschools.org