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Homeless Students

Annual Notice

Homeless Children and Youth



Students experiencing housing instability/homelessness have support and protection under the federal law, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

If you are staying temporarily with someone else because you lost your housing, or staying in a motel/hotel, campground, shelter, or in an outside or inadequate place, you and your children have special rights at school.

Those rights include:

  • Staying in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in the student’s best interest
  • Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require
  • Receiving free school meals
  • Getting help with school supplies and other needs
  • Extra support for youth who are on their own
  • Help connecting young children with early childhood services



Dane County youth experiencing homelessness: Briarpatch Youth Services

Dane County adults experiencing homelessness:  Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County

Dial 2-1-1 for United Way Anonymous Resource and Referral Line:  food assistance, health care, housing, resources for families, legal services, immigration services, mental health, and substance use resources

Dane County Resource Guide


Christa Foster

Christa Foster

Director of Student Services