Pennsylvania’s Homelessness Program was established to make sure homeless youth have access to a free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face.  Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations.



A family or student is considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento definition if they are in any of these places or situations:

  • Public or private shelters
  • Public or private places not designated for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.
  • Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter
  • Living with relatives or friends due to lack of housing
  • Living in transitional housing programs
  • Runaway children (under 18 years of age) and children and youth who have been abandoned or forced out of their home by parents or other caretakers (unaccompanied youth).  These children may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social service agencies or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaintances
  • Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing
  • Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care*

* Youth awaiting foster care placement include those who are placed in: emergency, interim or respite foster care; kinship care; evaluation or diagnostic centers; or placements for the sole purpose of evaluation.  On a case-by-case basis, through coordination between the school and all involved agencies, it can be determined if the youth is “awaiting foster care placement.”


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Contact Information

For questions regarding Homelessness, please contact the Pupil Services’ Office:


Dulcie Rothermel

Director of Pupil Services