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 contacts for the Fort Dodge Community School District are Stephanie Anderson, Director of Elementary Education Services, and Kirsten Doebel, Director of Secondary Education Services.  They can be reached at 515.574.5650.

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

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