If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights and services.
A student is considered “homeless” if he or she is presently:
- Living in a shelter
- Living in a motel, hotel, or campground due to a lack of adequate housing
- Sharing housing with relatives or others due to a lack of housing
- Living at a train or bus station, a park, or in a car
- Living in an abandoned building
- A youth not living with a parent or guardian
- A child of a migrant worker
- In other situations that are not fixed, regular, or adequate for nighttime residence
The Harrison School District also recognizes Unaccompanied Homeless Youth — students not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and also meeting a homeless criteria.
If you think that your family qualifies as homeless or you are a youth that may qualify as an unaccompanied youth, please contact the homeless liaison, Shirley Smothers.
This program can assist your child with:
- School clothes
- School supplies
- Fee waivers
- Credit recovery
- Food bags
- Financial assistance
- Referral assistance for; housing, medical and dental care, and much more!
- Financial aid assistance for UY
The National Center for Homeless Education website has a lot of good information, including a website for parents who want to help their child in school.
Homeless Liaison for Harrison School District: Shirley Smothers
Office: 870-741-7600 ext. 7012
Cell Phone: 870-577-5635 (call or text)
Office Information: 110 South Cherry Street, Harrison, AR 72601