Homeless & Foster Youth Education Program

Torrance Unified School District recognizes that foster and homeless youth are our most vulnerable students, and as such they may require additional interventions and supports to ensure success. 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures that homeless children and youth, including preschoolers have equal access to the same free, appropriate educational programs as other children and youth. Law mandates the elimination of educational barriers facing homeless children and youth, to increase school stability and protect students from discrimination. Under this legislation, homeless children and youth are entitled to have access to the same educational experience and resources as all students.

If you are living in TUSD boundaries or were attending TUSD schools and are in any of the following situations you may be eligible for McKinney Vento support services.  Please contact the TUSD Homeless Liaison for more information.

Who is Homeless?

The federal government's legal definition of homelessness based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is anyone who is ...

  • Lacking a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence:
  • "Temporarily doubled up" with family or friends due to a loss of housing and economic hardship
  • Living in a shelter, hotel, or motel
  • Living in a public place not designated for sleeping (cars, parks, abandoned buildings)
  • A child who is not in the physical custody of their parent or legal guardian
  • A child or youth abandoned in a hospital
  • A migrant child who qualifies under any of the above

Who is a Foster Youth?

  • Foster youth are children with an open child dependency court case who are placed by and for whom the State agency has placement and care responsibility.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes
  • All children in foster care have a county caseworker. In Los Angeles County, the agency is the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Other counties have different agency names, but provide the same services.