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Education for Homeless (July 2013 School Leader Update)


Due to several questions regarding the definition of homeless throughout the school year, we have better aligned our guidance document with the Iowa Administrative Code. See the definitions of "Educating the Homeless" as defined in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 33.2.

  • A homeless child or youth ages 3-21;
  • A child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence and includes the following:
  • A child who is sharing the housing of others (includes doubled-up families) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital, or is awaiting foster care placement.
  • A child who has a primary night-time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans beings;
  • A child who is living in a car, park, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting;
  • A migratory child/youth who qualifies as homeless because of the living circumstances described above; or
  • Youth who have runaway or youth being forced to leave home.

Homeless Education Information Sheet

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 28, 2018 at 4:34am.