Homeless Students in San Luis Obispo County Schools

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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;

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 here to download a PDF.

County Totals
Grade Level 0-5 K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
2007 0 56 55 43 50 48 40 44 47 41 46 55 51 61 637
2008 0 54 73 58 62 55 63 48 40 40 53 43 60 46 695
2009 0 115 108 82 100 71 77 82 54 45 62 66 62 64 988
2010 3 151 155 153 137 145 118 91 84 104 72 88 84 72 1457
2011 2 188 138 152 120 128 129 112 94 111 102 87 97 101 1561
2012 53 142 141 121 126 120 112 131 92 91 83 90 71 77 1450
2013 58 160 145 134 148 154 138 135 145 127 98 86 96 101 1725
2014 69 209 189 209 192 189 183 154 187 152 108 113 119 137 2210

nighttime_residences

Primary Nighttime Residence Including Preschool
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Shelters 40 62 103 110 115 88 82 98
Doubled Up 284 398 735 1214 1214 1139 1349 1866
Unsheltered 28 33 68 61 137 129 158 127
Hotels/Motels 69 74 63 83 101 79 128 117
Unknown/ Other 216 128 19 37 28 15 8 2
Unaccomp Youth n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 56
Total 637 695 988 1505 1595 1450 1725 2210

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