The New “Public Charge” Immigration Rule: How It Affects Students And Schools

On August 14, the Department of Homeland Security published a new Public Charge rule that broadens the definition of “public benefits,” making it more difficult for people to demonstrate that they will not become a public charge. The new rule will be the subject of litigation, and a court is likely to prevent the rule from taking effect immediately. In the unlikely event the rule is not blocked by litigation, it will go into effect on October 15, 2019. The new rule is complex, but here we provide some basic information for schools and families.

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Back-to-School Training Resources

Training school staff is essential in order for children and youth experiencing homelessness to be identified, and to receive the educational protections and services to which they are entitled. In response to many requests, we are pleased to offer these resources designed for liaisons to use when training school staff – for example, teachers, bus drivers, and principals.

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Safe Havens in Times of Need: The Role of Crisis Nurseries

Amy Kendall, Program Director of the Maryville Crisis Nursery, and Chris Perille, Maryville Crisis Nursery Advisory Council member, describe how crisis nurseries provide essential support to families with urgent needs, including families experiencing homelessness.

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Are there any minimum professional qualifications for the LEA-designated McKinney-Vento liaison?

Answer: No, not in federal law or guidance. However, liaisons must be “able to carry out the duties described” in the McKinney-Vento Act. 42 USC 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii). There are ten specific duties described, which require a certain level of training, authority, and time...

We have former homeless/unaccompanied youth being instructed by their college to get a current FAFSA verification letter from their former high school, even though we have not kept in touch with that student. I thought colleges had a procedure on how to declare a student as independent?

Answer: You are correct. Liaisons can provide unaccompanied homeless youth verification letters for students who have graduated if you are still in touch and still have knowledge of the information necessary to make the verification.  However, you also are right that...

I am trying to get my district to reimburse a student for gas he has used driving himself to/from his school of origin. An administrator says we can not issue cash/check because this is a student (not a parent), and there is no accountability. Are there any restrictions on school of origin transportation reimbursement for a youth, as opposed to a parent?

Answer: No. In fact, the McKinney-Vento Act is clear that transportation assistance is required for unaccompanied youth: "Each local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths, designated under paragraph (1)(J)(ii), shall ensure that-- ...(viii) the...

Early Childhood

Infants are at greater risk of living in homeless shelters than any other age group in the United States. Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.

PreK - 12

In the 2016-17 school year, public schools identified more than 1.3 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.

Higher Education

The majority of well-paying jobs created today require education beyond high school. Post-secondary attainment is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.

Unaccompanied Youth

Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year.

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