Homeless Education Legislation



Ed Code


Bill Number

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

of 2015 (Continued)

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)


July 1, 2016

    • Remove barriers that prevent youth from receiving appropriate credit for full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed
    • Opportunities to meet the same State academic achievement standards as other children
    • Assistance from school counselors to advise, prepare and improve readiness for college
    • Inform Unaccompanied Homeless Youth of their status as independent students for college financial aid
  • Preschool
    • Ensure homeless children have access to public preschool programs, administered by the districts
    • Access to Early Intervention services for students with disabilities
  • Privacy
    • Schools must treat information about a homeless child’s or youth living situation as a student education record, subject to protections of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Access to HUD Homeless Assistance
    • Local liaisons are authorized to affirm whether children meet the HUD definition of homelessness to qualify them for HUD homeless assistance programs
    • Liaisons must refer homeless families and students to housing services

AB 1567

After School Education and Safety Program

July 1, 2017

EC § 8482.6,

8483, 8483.1,


  • Gives first priority enrollment in after-school and before-school programs to pupils who are identified by the program as homeless youth or in foster care.
  • Requires the program to inform the parent or caregiver of the right of homeless children and foster children to receive priority enrollment and how to request priority enrollment
  • Prohibits charging a fee to a family of a pupil who is identified as homeless or in foster care


California Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention


Resolution is proposed each year

Senate Concurrent Resolution

  • Designates the month of November as California Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month and recognizes the need for individuals, schools, communities, businesses, local governments, and the state to take action on behalf of runaway and homeless youth in California.

AB 806

College Priority Enrollment


Amends EC § 66025.9,


69514.5, 69561,

& 76300

  • Removes the end date and extends the provision for priority enrollment indefinitely
  • Adds former homeless youth (a student under 25 years of age, who has been verified at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the receipt of the youth’s application for admission by a postsecondary educational institution) to the list of students:
    • Granted, or requested to be granted, priority enrollment
    • Whom a Homeless and Foster Student Liaison (within the financial aid office or another appropriate office or department) works with
    • Served by the Community College Student Financial Aid Outreach Program and the Student Opportunity and Access Program
    • Eligible for a fee waiver for the enrollment fee of $46 per unit per semester.

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