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FiT Qualification

Does your child qualify for FiT services? 

Please contact our Families in Transitions Department at 859.342.2427 and ask to speak with Shelley Werner if any of the above situations apply to your family with school aged children.  

Services through the Families in Transition, FiT, program are provided through the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  To qualify for services, families must meet the Act’s definition of homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” 

Children living in the following situations qualify for FiT services:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason 

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodationsLiving in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Abandoned in hospitals

  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings

    • Substandard housing is defined as a "setting in which the family, child, or youth is living lacks one of the fundamental utilities such as water, electricity, or heat; is infested with vermin or mold; lacks a basic functional part, such as a working kitchen or a working toilet; or may present unreasonable dangers to adults, children, or persons with disabilities” (USED Guidance, March 2017, A-3).

  • Migratory children

145 Frequently Asked Questions on the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness