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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, Laureel Butler, at 252 514-6325 or email

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

Information for Homeless School Aged Youth

Information for Homeless Parents 

College Guide for Students Experiencing Homelessness

McKinney-Vento Referal Form (Staff) 

CCS McKinney-Vento Self-Referral Form

Homeless Students Dispute Regulation

 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)

2020-2021    (74)

2022-2023  (81)

2023-2024 (147) 



Director of Student Services

Dr. Gregory E. Monroe

p: 252-514-6341
f: 252-514-6376


Coordinator of Counseling & Student Advancement
Laureel Butler
p: 252-514-6325
f: 252-514-6376