• If a student meets eligibility under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, the student has the right to immediate school enrollment and attendance, even without required enrollment documentation or school records, at either the school of origin (the school last attended before they lost their housing) OR the neighborhood school (the school they are zoned for based upon their current living situation) (HCPS Policy 5111.01). Thirty (30) day grace period will be given in which School Social Worker and School personnel assist parents with obtaining necessary enrollment documents (HCPS Policy 5112). A student identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act should be referred through the student support staff at the school to receive program services.

    For all students enrolling in Hillsborough County Schools including students identified as homeless, the following school locator can be used to find the student’s neighborhood school by using the student’s residential address: school locator>>

    Benefits of Immediate Enrollment:

    • Continued academic progress
    • Support of safe environment for children and youth
    • Attendance on the same day or within one school day

    For more detailed information, please contact the Homeless Education and Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.) office at (813) 315-4357.