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Youth who are temporarily living in Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) shelters and who attend their school of origin in a different district from the shelter must receive free transportation to and from school. The school district of attendance must provide transportation and will be eligible for full reimbursement by NYSED.
This NCHE resource is useful to determine whether youth on their own are McKinney-Vento-eligible.
This website lists all of the New York State Runaway and Homeless Youth Service Coordinators (by county) as well as contact information for RHY programs and agencies.
This website lists all of the New York State Youth Bureaus by county. Youth Bureaus provide many programs and resources that support youth, from after-school activities to support groups.
School districts may develop a caregiver form that establishes the responsibilities of caregivers and requests caregivers’ contact information in place of traditional proof of guardianship for unaccompanied youth. This form is not required, but may be helpful to schools and to students.
This template form from SchoolHouse Connection can be used by LEA liaisons, HUD-funded shelter staff, and RHYA shelter staff for verifying a student’s status as an unaccompanied homeless youth for the FAFSA.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Application and Verification Guide provides instructions and guidance to financial aid administrators and counselors who help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
NYS Education Law Section 3209 describes the rights of students in temporary housing in New York State.
The U.S. DOE Non-Regulatory Guidance includes questions and answers about the McKinney-Vento Act, including amendments to the Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
This law addresses a parent’s power to designate a “person in parental relation” to a child.
This document was created to help school districts ensure that unaccompanied youth who are homeless and who have disabilities are able to access special education services.
This Guidance from the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) at the U.S. Department of Education, “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Disclosure of Student Information Related to Emergencies and Disasters,” includes information that can help unaccompanied youth and their caregivers in accessing student educational records.
This Toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) fields to help programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.
This Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education provides guidance for financial aid administrators on the definition of homelessness, how to make determinations, and how to document students’ status.
This NCHE brief includes a summary of education legislation prior to 2012 that gives unaccompanied homeless youth access to educational supports and provides examples of practices that universities have used to assist these students in succeeding.
This NCHE brief reviews basic information about the rights of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and explains what LEA liaisons can do to assist these students.
NRS’ Home Free Program, a collaboration with Greyhound Lines, helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or an alternative living arrangement, through a free bus ticket home.
This report and its accompanying resources provide new research that sheds light on the runaway problem in America and begins to fill in the gaps of what is already known and what can be done to prevent young people from running away.
This 2015 report from The Urban Institute documents the experiences of LGBTQ youth in New York City who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, or access food or shelter.
These “Designation of Person in Parental Relationship” forms allow a parent to assign education decision-making abilities to a “designee.”
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that protects the public education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The text attached here is the latest version of the law since it was reauthorized on December 10, 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).