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Support for Unhoused Families

Families in Transition

GUSD promotes school stability and academic success according to the federal mandates of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to students and families experiencing homelessness.



The Student Wellness Services Department will ensure that students experiencing homelessness are identified, enrolled in, and have full and equal opportunity to access and succeed in District schools.

The Department desires to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness:

  • are provided with equal access to education programs
  • have an opportunity to be exposed to the California academic standards
  • are provided a free and appropriate public education
  • are not stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless
  • are protected from discrimination on the basis of their homelessness


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Section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Act Homeless Assistance Act defines children and youth experiencing homelessness as individuals, ages 0-22 years old, who:

  • lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence
  • live in a hotel or motel
  • live in an emergency or transitional shelter
  • live in an abandoned building, parked car, or other facility not meant for human habitation
  • share housing with another family due to loss of housing or economic hardship (Note: this includes living or renting a room in a residence in which they are not on the lease/rental agreement)
  • live in a trailer park or campsite with thier family
  • are abandoned at a hospital
  • are placed by the state in an emergency shelter
  • are migratory children or unaccompanied youth who are not with their parents or legal guardians and/or are living in the above described circumstances

Student Night Time Residency Form
Staff who identify a student experiencing homelessness and students and families who are experiencing homelessness may contact GUSD's Student Wellness Services Department at (818) 241-3111 Ext. 1559.


Services Provided for Students & Families in Transition

  • Immediate school enrollment
  • Enrollment in free & reduced lunch
  • Access to food pantry
  • Mental health counseling
  • Referrals to tutoring services
  • Referrals to address medical, dental and vision needs
  • Parenting classes
  • Transportation (Bus Passes)
  • Housing and shelter referrals
  • Shoes & clothing
  • School uniforms
  • School supplies & backpacks
  • Hygiene products & kits
  • Gift cards
  • Holiday Food Basket
  • Holiday Toy Drive
  • Holiday Warm Meals
  • Assistance with immediate access to technology
  • Case management and coordination of services between school site, district and family
  • Youth Employment through GYA & City of Glendale 


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