Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate residence may be considered homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act of 2001. This includes youth who are:
- Temporarily “doubled up” with relatives or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
- Living in motels, hotels, or campgrounds due to a lack of alternative accommodations.
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Awaiting foster care placement.
- Not residing with their legal parent or guardian.
The St. James R-1 School District supports children who are designated as homeless by ensuring the consistency and continuity of the child’s education through transportation assistance as well as by supporting families by coordinating services with community agencies and neighboring school districts when appropriate. Please contact the school counselor or the district Homeless Coordinator, Dr. Cathy Wells, in order to receive information and assistance: (573) 265-2300.