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NC Homeless Education Program

The North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) is the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program for the state of North Carolina.


NCHEP is dedicated to ensuring that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to the public education to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act. NCHEP works towards this goal by ensuring that North Carolina's state policies are in compliance with federal law, by providing technical assistance

                  to North Carolina's local homeless education liaisons, and by providing informational and awareness materials to educators and other interested community members throughout North Carolina.


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 defines "Homeless" students as those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and include the following: 


1. Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; 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; or are awaiting foster care placement. 

2. Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings. 

3. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. 

4. Migratory children who meet one of the above-described circumstances. 


B "School of origin" means the school that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled. 


C. "Unaccompanied youth" refers to a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (e.g., runaway’s and children and youth denied housing by their families). 

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