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    Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
    Homeless Education Program Information

    The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act and Texas State Law protect the rights of homeless children and youth.

    The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District assures that children and youth who are experiencing homelessness and living within the district have access to the same free, appropriate public education and related services provided for all children and youth. The District Liaison for the Homeless Education Program is Thelma Reynolds, Director of Federal Programs.


    Who is homeless?

    The term “homeless children and youth” – (A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…; and (B) includes – (i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing economic hardship, or a 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 are awaiting foster care placement; (ii) 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 … (iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and (iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

    Services available to childtren and youth experiencing homelessness: transportation, school supplies and glasses/emergency medical or dental services.


     Legal Notice

    The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability, or any other legally protected status in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.

    El distrito escolar de Harlingen no discrimina en base a raza, color, origen de nacionalidad, edad, religión, sexo, discapacidad, o cualquier otro estado legalmente protegido en el empleo o en la prestación de servicios, programas o actividades.