McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Lowndes County Schools serves around 250 homeless students each year.  Tan Jones (tanjones@lowndes.k12.ga.us) is the case manager providing direct services to students experiencing homelessness attending Lowndes County Schools. 

"Homeless Children and Youth" are children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:

  1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;

  2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;

  4. Abandoned in hospitals;

  5. Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  6. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings;

  7. Migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples; and

  8. Unaccompanied youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.