Students Experiencing Housing Insecurity
If you feel you are eligible to be considered a Homeless Student or an unaccompanied youth, please complete this form. Once we review your information, we will contact you to seek any additional information needed to process your request.
Definition of Homeless Students
Homeless students are children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term “homeless student” will also be deemed to include the term “unaccompanied youth,” which includes a youth who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Homeless children and youth include those students who are:
- sharing the house of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
- living in motels, hotels, transient trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
- living in emergency or transitional shelters;
- abandoned in hospitals;
- living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
- living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; or
- living in a migratory situation that qualifies as homeless because the child lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Resources Available for Homeless Students
Below is a brief list of resources available to WSSU students either provided through WSSU, or found within the local community:
- WSSU Financial Literacy
Additional Resources in the Community
- Forsyth County Food Pantries
- McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act (“McKinney Vento Act”) is the primary piece of legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act is also known as Title X, Part C of the Every Students Succeeds Act. The McKinney-Vento Act pertains to K-12 education, and not college campuses; however, WSSU is committed to the success of our students and while we cannot accommodate every aspect of the McKinney-Vento Act, WSSU offers multiple resources to aid students in their success.