By Susan Wulczyn
Homeless Service Provision:
Students who are living in temporary, inadequate, or irregular conditions are less likely to benefit from their education. Those who qualify for the designation of homelessness based on Federal guidelines under the McKinney-Vento Act are eligible for protections that include economic, educational, and transportation supports to promote stability. Determinations of the designation of homelessness and entitlement to these protections are made on a case-by-case basis.
If you are interested in learning more about programs that assist homeless students, please refer to the following web sites:
http://homelessed.net/Oldfiles/intro_brief%20SERVE%20Summer%202004.pdf This website offers the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness, a description of some of the circumstances in which families find themselves homeless, and the implications for school-aged children.
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/homeless/default.htm -the ISBE homepage which details statewide programs to support the homeless population
Each school district in Illinois has a homeless liaison, who is responsible for ensuring the education of homeless children and collecting information about homeless students. In Lemont- Bromberek CSD 113A, the Homeless Liaison is Susan Wulczyn, Director of Student Services; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-257-2286 ext. 4611 if there are any questions.