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Even with the decline in overall enrollment in Austin I.S.D., the number of students in the District that are classified as homeless continued to rise in the 2015-2016 school year, according to statistics obtained by HousingWorks Austin from A.I.S.D.’s Project HELP.

The information provided in the table below includes the total number of students identified as homeless by the Project HELP Homeless Education Program as well as data regarding each student’s specific living situation. The standard for identifying “homeless children and youth” is defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”. The definition includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of others (doubled-up) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; children and youth who are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations; children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter; and situations considered “un-sheltered”, such as children who are living in cars, parks, abandoned housing, or similar situations.




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