Families without Homes

Both Illinois and federal law define "homeless." Homeless students include, but are not limited to children or youth who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (commonly referred to as being "doubled up")
  • are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • are living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • are abandoned in hospitals
  • are awaiting foster care placement
  • are staying in public or private places not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodations
  • are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
  • are otherwise not residing in a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
There is no specific time limit on how long a child or youth can be considered homeless. Whether a child or youth meets the definition of homeless depends on the living situation and the individual circumstances. If your student is homeless, please contact the district office at 708-614-4500, and request to speak with the Homeless Liaison.


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