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Who is homeless?

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001-Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act-Sec 725)

The term homeless children and youth-

A). Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

B). Includes-

  1. Children and youths 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 camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or a awaiting foster care placement;
  2. Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  3. Children and youths who are living in a cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings, and
  4. Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (1) through (3).

Education of Homeless Children Act (105 ILCS 45/)

Homeless Family Placement Act (310 ILCS 85/)

Homeless Liaisons:

District Liaisons:  
Mina Griffith, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.  Email:  Phone:  (815) 577-4023
Kathy Pristas, Coordinator for Student Services.  Email:  Phone:  (815)577-4023

School Liaisons:

Sharon Aguilar EP
Samantha Domek AS
Rebecca Pettey AS
Holly Riordan BM
Shannon Edmondson CE
Cindy Cook CL 
Kristen Cizek CR
Anya Herlien CS
Miriam Neugebauer DP
William  Smith EE
Shirley Morris FR
Paula Wrobel GP
Angela Fedinec HG
Evan Roberts IJ
Donna Magerkurth IT
Alison Ullmer IT
Jill Brown JK
Alyson Angeloni LB
Julie Milosevich LF
Kellie Butterbach LN
Marybeth Jasurda MV
Sheri Neal PA
Megan Schlanser PA
Brian Anerino PEHS
Josh Bloodgood PHSCC
Latrina Smith PNHS
Beth Engler PSHS
Amanda Lulek RI
Clare Beasley RV
Alese Sortino TJ 
Leah Travers-Pucci TJ 
Virginia  Hawkins TR
Paula  Wisniewski WE
Chris Pavlich WG

Resources for Families:
What You Need to Know to Help Your Child in School:  A guide for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Will County Regional Office of Education

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
Contact: Diana Bowman, Director.  Phone: (800)755-3277 Email:

U.S. Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
Contact: Gary Rutkin, Coordinator.  Phone: (202)260-4412 Email:

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth(NAEHCY)
Contact: Patricia Popp, President.  Phone:  (757)221-7776

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