Education for Homeless Youth- In 1987, Congress passed the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, (subsequently renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) to aid homeless persons. The Act defines the term "homeless children and youths" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted, amending McKinney-Vento.
Displaced Student Resources (McKinney-Vento Act)
The Eastern Lebanon School District believes that displaced youth should have access to free and appropriate public education and wishes to limit the barriers that displaced children may face. Our goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while children are in displaced situations.
Displaced students are defined as individuals lacking a fixed, regular and nighttime residence, which include students living under the following conditions:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
- Living in emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelters.
- Abandoned in hospitals.
- Living in public or private places not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings.
- Living as migratory children in conditions described in previous examples.
- Living as run-away children.
- Being abandoned or forced out of homes by parents/guardians or caretakers.
- Living as school age unwed mothers in houses for unwed mothers if they have no other living accommodations.
Should you have any questions, please contact the ELCO School District Homeless Liaison, Amy Shoemaker, email@example.com or 717-866-7117 ext. 10821 or the school social worker, Aleda Risser, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-866-7117 ext. 10823.
If you were displaced and are now MOVING INTO A NEW PERMANENT HOME, please contact Mrs. Risser at email@example.com or 717-866-7117 ext. 10823. She has received multiple resources that families could benefit from! First come, first serve!
Act 131 of 2020 makes it possible for Pennsylvanians experiencing displacement to be issued a FREE initial photo ID or renewal. See attachement to read about requirements and how you can benefit from this!