Homeless Education


    Families that lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence may qualify for special services.  If you or a family that you know are currently living in a motel, shelter, doubling up with others due to economic hardship, or have other similar living situations, please contact the school counselor at the school where the child attends or the district homeless liaison, Debbie Hodges, at 252 514-6341 or email mike.swain@cravenk12.org

    The State Coordinator for the Homeless Education Program is Lisa Phillips and she can be reached at 336-315-7491.

    The website for the North Carolina Homeless Education Program is https://hepnc.uncg.edu/

    Information for Homeless School Aged Youth

    Information for Homeless Parents 

    College Guide for Students Experiencing Homelessness

     If you qualify as "homeless" under the McKinney-Vento Act, you are entitled to certain things.  

    • You automatically qualify for free lunch.  
    • You have the right to continue to attend your current school even if you are staying somewhere else temporarily with transportation provided.  
    • You are able to enroll in school even if you are not able to produce all of the required documents.  
    • Your child is able to participate in any school program or activity in which other children are able to participate.  
    • Your school may be able to provide other services and supplies needed for school free of charge.

    Craven County Schools works to identify homeless students.  Below are the number of homeless students identified in the previous years.


    2016-2017    183

    2017-2018    159

    2018-2019    1203 (Hurricane Florence)

    2019-2020    238


  • Mike Swain

    Director of Student Services
    Mike Swain
    p: 252-514-6341
    f: 252-514-6376