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 https://nche.ed.gov/nche/warning.html.

If you believe a student you work with may be experiencing homelessness, please contact: projectrise@apslearns.org.
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