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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:

Last Name First Name Building Email Address
Elementary Homeless Liaisons
Riordan Holly BM/Ina Brixey
Edmondson Shannon CE
Cook Cindy CL
Connelly Angelica CR
Herlien Anya CS
Kennell Danielle EE
Aguilar Sharon EP
Morris Shirley FR
Vance Catherine GP
Angeloni Alyson LB
Hall Elaine LF
Butterbach Kellie LN
Jasurda Marybeth MV
Bochenzcak Daniel RI
Khan Lindsey RV
Mastro Lori TJ
Wisniewski Paula WE
DaMassa Jennifer WG
Lulek Amanda WO
Middle School Homeless Liaisons
Domek Samantha AS
Pettey Rebecca AS
Neugebauer Miriam DP
Pavlich Chris IJ
Demma Jessica IT
Brown Jill JK
Wieland Autumn TR
High School Homeless Liaisons
Schlanser Megan PA
Neal Sheri PA (Turnabout)
Kaplan Alyssa PEHS
Bloodgood Josh PHSCC
Kaplan Alyssa PNHS
Engler Elisabeth PSHS

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