Homeless

Overview

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.

McKinney Vento Homeless Student Resources

The Brandywine Heights Area School District believes that that homeless youth should have access to free and appropriate public education and wishes to limit the barriers that homeless students may face.  Our goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while children are in homeless situations.

Homeless students are defined as individuals lacking a fixed, regular, and nighttime residence, which include students living in the following conditions:

  1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
  3. Living in an emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelters.
  4. Abandoned in hospitals.
  5. Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
  6. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations, or similar settings.
  7. Living as migratory children in conditions described in previous examples.
  8. Living as runaway children.
  9. Being abandoned or forced out of homes by parents/guardians or caretakers.
  10. Living as school age unwed mothers in houses for unwed mothers if they have no other living accommodations.

Helpful Links

Pennsylvania Department of Education Homeless Education 

PDE Dispute Resolution Process

Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness General Guide

PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program: Region 2

Statewide Directory of Homeless Liaisons

Berks County Coalition to End Homelessness

Brandywine Heights Area School District Policies

 Enrollment – Policy 200

Admissions – Policy 201

Homeless Students – Policy 251

Special Education – Policy 113

Contact Information

For questions regarding Homelessness, please contact the Brandywine Heights Area School District Homeless Liaison:

René Reese, Ed.D.

Director of Pupil Services

renree@bhasd.org

610-682-5181