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In January of 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to help people experiencing homelessness. This federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. This Act protects all students who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate residence, such as students living in the following situations:


  • doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship;
  • runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home);
  • hotels or motels;
  • shelters, including domestic violence shelters;
  • transitional housing shelters;
  • cars, abandoned buildings parks, the streets or other public spaces;
  • campgrounds or inadequate trailer homes
  • abandoned in a hospital.
  • Cleveland County Schools identified 328 students living in transition for the 2016-17 school year.
  • 53 students were unaccompanied homeless youth and 40 individuals were pre-school age siblings not enrolled in school.  
Cleveland County Schools Data 
  • 2016-2017: 328
  • 2015-2016: 231
  • 2014-2015  129
In 2016-2017, 53 students were unaccompanied homeless youth and 40 individuals were pre-school age siblings not enrolled in school.  


State level data can be reviewed at:

Additional Information: 

If you are struggling with a housing crisis (i.e., you live in a motel or shelter, are living in someone else’s home, on the street, etc.), please contact your School Social Worker or 

CCS Liaison, Sandy Hamrick at 704-476-8000 or 

Email address:  smhamrick@clevelandcountyschools.org

Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator for Homeless Education
SERVE Center at UNCG
336.315.7491
Website: https://hepnc.uncg.edu



STUDENT SERVICES MANAGEMENT TEAM
(SSMT) K-12

  • Interdisciplinary team gives attention to the general education pool of at-risk students
  • Coordinates assessment of needs of at-risk students
  • Recommends interventions to referring teacher
  • Refers to school based services, including exceptional children’s program
  • Manages Section 504 eligibility
  • Refers to community based services
  • Links to daily mentoring
  • Coordinates case management

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