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Homeless Students in San Luis Obispo County Schools

Beginning with the 2006/2007 school year, school districts in San Luis Obispo have been taking a yearly count of identified homeless students. These students are identified according to the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness;

Important Information
If due to a lack of housing, you must live in any of the following situations, then according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, you are considered homeless:

  • Lack a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence
  • Living in a shelter, motel, or hotel
  • Living in an unsheltered nighttime residence such as a car, campground, or park
  • Living doubled up with family or friends due to economic hardship
  • Unaccompanied Youth
  • Emergency foster placement.

Once a student is identified as “Homeless,” they qualify for services for the remainder of the school year. 

Below is a summary of the data collected. Click to download a PDF.

Number of Homeless Students in SLO by Grade

County Totals               
Grade Level0-5K123456789101112Total
2007 056554350484044474146555161637
2008 054735862556348404053436046695
2009 011510882100717782544562666264988
2010 31511551531371451189184104728884721457
2011 21881381521201281291129411110287971011561
2012 531421411211261201121319291839071771450
2013 581601451341481541381351451279886961011725
2014 692091892091921891831541871521081131191372210

Annual Primary Nighttime Residences by Type of Residence

Primary Nighttime Residence Including Preschool
Shelters 4062103110115888298
Doubled Up 28439873512141214113913491866
Unsheltered 28336861137129158127
Hotels/Motels 6974638310179128117
Unknown/ Other 2161281937281582
Unaccomp Youth n/an/an/an/an/an/an/a56
Total 63769598815051595145017252210

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