How You Can Help - Staff and Teachers

As someone who works with APS students and families, you are in a unique position to help us identify students who may be experiencing homelessness and need assistance. 

Identifying students experiencing homelessness 

Being homeless does not always mean living in a shelter or on the street. “Homeless” is defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. 

This includes any child: 
  • living in a shelter.
  • living in a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative, adequate accommodation.
  • living in a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station.
  • doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • not living with a parent or guardian due to hardship or an emergency circumstance.
Common signs that a student may be experiencing homelessness: 
  • lacks basic utilities
  • attends different schools; lacks personal records; inability to pay fees
  • unmet medical or dental needs
  • sick often; chronic hunger or fatigue
  • attendance issues
  • poor hygiene
  • lack of basic supplies
  • consistent loss of books and supplies
  • marked change in behavior 
Please contact us for a full list, or visit nche.ed.gov.

If you believe a student you work with may be experiencing homelessness, please contact: [email protected].
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