Homeless Program Goals and Services

Service for Homeless Students

A homeless student is one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes students who are staying in transitional or emergency shelters, campgrounds, motels, sharing housing with other families due to a loss of housing or an inability to afford housing, awaiting foster care, abandoned in a hospital, staying in a substandard housing or living in places not ordinarily used for sleeping and students who have run away or have been thrown out of their homes.  A homeless student may stay in the same school all year, if feasible, even if he/she moves, or may enroll in the school serving his/her temporary address.

Homeless students are automatically ineligible to participate in the school meals program, instructional services through Title I, and other district services intended to support academic success such as tutoring and transportation to the school if it is the best interest of the student.  Please contact the school  principal, school counselor, or Homeless Coordinator at the Richmond R-XVI School District Central Office (816) 776-6912 for further information.

Program Goals

  • Identify and meet the needs of students in homeless situations to maximize their success in school and minimize the disruption of their education.

  • Provide support and resources, including transportation, to maintain consistency and continuity in the educational process for students in homeless circumstances.

  • Provide full access to educational programs and opportunities for homeless students that that housed students receive.

  • Engage parents and other adult caretakers in the support of the educational success of students in homeless situations.

  • Coordinate services and supports for homeless students with community agencies.

Program Services
Program Services and Supports are available to students and their families to ensure that every child achieves to his or her potential.

  • Immediate enrollment in school and removal of barriers to enrollment and participation - for example:  obtaining replacement birth certificates and immunization records.

  • Transportation to and from school, including extra-curricular activities when feasible.

  • School supplies, backpacks, school clothes and other daily living and enrichment items.

  • Funds to replace library and textbooks lost due to homelessness and to purchase books for homeless students to own.

  • Activity and field trip fees

  • Tutoring to help students catch up and stay current in their studies.

Who can we help?  
     Children and Youth in temporary housing situations may be eligible for services and have certain legal rights if they are:

  • living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or cannot afford a home, or are runaways **

  • staying in a motel or hotel **

  • living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter

  • staying in substandard housing **

  • living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building or bus / train station

  • awaiting foster care placement

  • living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home

  • abandoned in a hospital

  • living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

** NOTE:  Consideration of each individual case, along with the parmanency of the situation may be needed to determine if students in these circumstances are actually homeless.