Wise County Schools believe that education is critical in breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Our schools provide a safe haven and open doors to new possibilities through our program of social work, tutoring, and providing other essentials such as school supplies. If you are aware of a child who is homeless according to the definition below, please contact the school principal.
Homeless is defined as follows: An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence and whose primary residence is: a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters and transitional housing for the mentally ill); A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (cars, campgrounds, motels, and other temporary places); A doubled up accommodation: that is sharing housing with other families or individuals due to loss of housing or other similar situations. Or living in substandard housing. Substandard housing based on HUD criteria is housing without hot and cold water, a flushing toilet, without heating for periods of 24 hours, no electricity, basic maintenance problems such as water leaks, holes in floors or ceilings, rats and mice, etc.
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