Fort Dodge Community School District

Who is homeless?

Iowa Administrative Code - IAC [281] Ch. 33

  • A homeless child or youth ages 3-21;
  • A child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:
    • A child who is sharing the housing of others (includes doubled-up families) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations, is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned at a hospital.
    • A child who has 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.
    • A child who is living in a car, park, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or
    • A migratory child/youth who qualifies as homeless because of the living circumstances described above.
      • Includes youth who have run away or youth being forced to leave home.


Local Homeless Liaison: Every Iowa public school district is required to have a liaison for homeless students. The contact for the Fort Dodge Community School District is Marcy Harms, Director of Student Services.  She can be reached at 515.574.5678 or

(McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001- Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act - Sec. 725)

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