Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Education for Homeless Children Act. Provides that if a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person, within the meaning of the Act, and the parent or guardian of the child finds temporary housing or shelter that still renders the child homeless within the meaning of the Act and if the school district of the child's school of origin is thereby required to pay the transportation costs of the child to and from his or her school of origin and the school district can save money by providing housing assistance to the parent or guardian of the child such that it would allow the child to attend his or her school of origin instead of providing transportation to and from the child's school of origin, then the school district may, at its discretion, provide rental or mortgage assistance. Sets forth provisions concerning the amount of assistance, providing the assistance indirectly through a homeless assistance agency, providing assistance to those at risk of homelessness, the length of assistance provided, and the school district funds from which the assistance may be drawn. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Transportation Article of the School Code. Provides that the allowable direct cost of transporting pupils includes expenditures for housing assistance and homeless prevention under certain provisions of the Education for Homeless Children Act that are not in excess of the school district's actual costs for providing transportation services, subject to certain restrictions. Amends the Education for Homeless Children Act. Provides that if a child is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless, a school district may provide rental or mortgage assistance; provide financial assistance for unpaid bills, loans, or other financial debts; or provide both types of assistance. Sets forth limitations and requirements for the assistance. Defines terms. Sets forth legislative intent. Effective immediately.