This fall new federal guidelines will be put in place to help homeless students across the country. The changes within the U.S. Department of Education will go into effect in October. One of the changes will make it possible for homeless students to get some partial credits if they have to change schools, which experts say is often out of their control
Federal data shows that in 2013 – 2014 there were 1.3 million homeless youth enrolled in public schools in the United States. According to Youth On Their Own (YOTO), in 2013 there were 5,600 homeless students in Pima County. A homeless student is a student who does not have a consistent home to go to every night. YOTO helps students with guidance programs, assistance with buying this like hygeine products, and career development programs. Nicola Hartmann, the executive director of YOTO, says a homeless student may have been abandoned by a parent, and does not know where they will be able sleep at night.