Students in Temporary Living Situations

Oak Park Elementary District 97 ensures the rights of students in temporary living situations. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students have the right to an education, services, programs, and activities, regardless of their living situation. 

The term “homeless children and youth” is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes children and youth who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or substandard housing;
  • living in a motel/hotel, trailer park, or camping ground, due to lack of alternative, adequate housing;
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
  • living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; abandoned in hospital.

Student and Family Rights

Questions? For information regarding eligibility, referrals, or resources, reach out to Mayra Delgado, homeless liaison for District 97,  at [email protected] or 708-524-3131.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Families in Transition

Housing Forward
Housing Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ending homelessness in west suburban Cook County.

Oak Park Homelessness Coalition
The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC) is a multi-stakeholder group comprised of 50-plus organizations and individuals working in five work groups to end homelessness in Oak Park.

  • Oak Park Housing Coalition Resource Flyer (English/Spanish)
  • Emergency Warming Centers (coming soon!)

West 40

Health Connection HUB
Free or reduced-cost services for healthcare, housing, food, and other social supports near you.

New Moms
Organization helps mothers ages 24 or younger to provide housing, paid job training, academic coaching and family support for those impacted by systemic and structural barriers

2-1-1 Metro Chicago
2-1-1 is a new free source connecting suburban Cook County residents with the support they need, such as food, housing, utility assistance, access to health care, and vital resources.