Homelessness

  • The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence."

    The Act provides examples of children who fall under this definition.  They are children and youth...

    • sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship
    • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative
      accommodations.   
    • living in emergency or transitional shelters.
    • abandoned in hospitals.
    • whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping
      accommodations (e.g., park benches, etc.)
    • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or bus or
      train stations.
    • "unaccompanied homeless youth" including any child who is not in physical custody of a parent or guardian (this includes runaways, children thrown out of their home, abandoned by parents/guardians, or seperated from their parents for any other reason)
    • "migratory children" whose parent(s) or spouse(s) are migratory agricultural, fishermen, dairy workers etc. who have moved from one school district to another in the preceding 36 months in order to obtain temporary or seasonal employment.

    If you think you or your family is currently in a situation similar to any of the above examples, please contact Dr. Ronald Rowe, Assistant Superintendent at 724-662-5100 or in person at the central office located at the back of middle/high school.