Welcome to the website of the North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP). NCHEP operates the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's technical assistance center in the area of homeless education.
For assistance with homeless education issues, contact NCHEP at 1-800-659-3204 (toll-free).
Regional Compliance Forums for NC
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaisons & Foster Care Local POCs
September through November
Get more information. Register for the forum in your region.
Check for updates on meeting shedules.
Some cancellations may be necessary due to inclement weather conditions.
Homeless Liaison Toolkit (2017 Edition)
NCHE's Local Liaison Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that will assist both new and veteran local liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities. Updated to reflect the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the 2017 edition of the Homeless Liaison Toolkit includes requirements of the law, good practices, sample forms, and links to resources. Sixteen chapters on topics essential to implementing the McKinney-Vento Act synthesize for local liaisons the essential of what they need to know in order to carry out their responsibilities in supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Making A Difference
"My Door without a House"
Iredell-Statesville Schools is nestled in Iredell County, North Carolina, with more than 20,000 students. Iredell-Statesville Schools ranks among the 20 largest school districts in North Carolina, and serves students with an array of academic opportunities within its 36 schools. In recognition of the 2016-17 school year volunteers and donors, Ms. Tonya Reid, school social worker and the district's homeless liaison, crafted and hosted an appreciation event which took place on June 26, 2017. The event was themed "My Door without a House" and served to acknowledge the volunteers and donors for their support of the Iredell-Statesville Schools Homeless Program. Read more about this event.
Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under the previous version of ESEA (the No Child Left Behind Act), the education of homeless children and youth was included in Title X, Part C. Under ESSA, homeless education is included in Title IX, Part A. For more information:
The Department of Education has determined that the McKinney-Vento amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act will take effect on October 1, 2016, with the exception of the removal of "awaiting foster care placement" from the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which will go into effect on December 10, 2016.
For the non-regulatory guidance on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf
For a fact sheet that provides school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf
To review the press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidance-homeless-children-and-youth
Additionally, the US Department of Education released a new web page that highlights the Department initiatives related to identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness from pre-school to post-secondary ages. Topics include:
- The state of homeless students in the United States
- Pre-K-12 education programs and initiatives that specify homeless students for eligibility or priority for services
- Additional federal programs and resources that may support homeless students
- Other federal agencies serving homeless children and youth
To learn more, please visit:
North Carolina Homeless Children & Youth Profile
During the 2014-2015 school year, North Carolina schools reported enrollment of
27,833 homeless children and youth. Over 74% of these students were living in doubled-up conditions.1 In 2013, 28,154 children under the age of six were identified as homeless.2 Get more information homeless children & youth in North Carolina.
1 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, (2014-2015). Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR), Section 1.9: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.
2 Bassuk, et., (2014). "America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness," The National Center on Family Homelessness.
Designating LEA Homeless Liaisons: Considerations Under ESSA
Due to increasing concerns from liaisons about the position of “Foster Care Point of Contact” being added to their already full plates, NAEHCY has developed a new document called Designating LEA McKinney-Vento Liaisons: Considerations Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. This document summarizes the new legal requirements for LEAs on the capacity, training and duties of a school district liaison. It provides important considerations to assist LEAs to ensure that liaisons have sufficient capacity and support to carry out their duties.
Guidance on Foster Care and Education
Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services about implementation of the foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was released on June 23, 2016. This link, http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html will guide you to a 28 page guidance document as well as to two Dear Colleague Letters.
The document delivers a strong message that the unique needs of children in foster care must be addressed. Because these provisions go into effect December 10, 2016, state and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.
The foster care provisions of ESSA, coupled with the school stability provisions of the Fostering Connections Act, envision shared responsibility for school stability and success between child welfare and education agencies. This joint guidance offers details about the requirements under the new law, provides examples from around the country about "what's working" to support students in foster care, and will be a critical resource in implementation efforts.
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have hosted a series of webinars to explore in greater detail discrete provisions concerning the non-regulatory guidance on the new ESSA foster care provisions. Download the flyer to read more information about the webinar series. For links to access recorded webinars, visit the Foster Care web page.
Joint Federal Letter on Serving Immigrants Experiencing Homelessness
Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development issued a joint letter that reminds recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies to their programs. The joint letter is available for downloading at https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/Joint-Letter-August-2016.pdf.
Housing and service providers must not turn away immigrants experiencing homelessness or victims of domestic violence or human trafficking, on the basis of their immigration status, from certain housing and services necessary for life or safety – such as street outreach, emergency shelter, and short-term housing assistance including transitional housing and rapid re-housing funded through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs. This letter reiterates existing laws and policies and applies those policies to programs that were not in effect when the original Attorney General Order was signed in 2001.
Registration for the NAEHCY 2017 Conference is open
Conference dates: October 28th-31st (pre-conference is the 28th)
Conference location: Chicago, Il
Visit the NAEHCY Conference page for more information.
Hoke County hosts 6th annual Hunger & Homelessness Walk. Read how one community came together to assist families devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
Read how the efforts of the Iredell-Statesville Homeless Education Program staff are working to reduce barriers so that children and youth can be successful in school.
Quick Links to NCHEP Resources
Request Homeless Education Training from NCHEP
NCHEP staff members are available to provide Homeless Education training in your school district or community agency. Visit NCHEP's online training request form
to request a training in your area.
Stay informed about emerging issues in the field of homeless education and dialogue with other across the state about promising practices and strategies.