Homeless and Foster Care Support

Support Resources for Homeless Students and Students in Foster Care

SusQ-Cyber Charter School is committed to identifying Youth Experiencing Homelessness and providing them with resources and supports to ensure student success in school.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kristin Trenholm at 570-245-0252 Ext. 1001 or ktrenholm@susqcyber.org.

 

The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless 

Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (per Title IX, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act) defines homeless as follows:


The term "homeless children and youths"--

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and

(B) includes--

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;* 

(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)); 

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and 

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

*Per Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, "awaiting foster care placement" was removed from the definition of homeless on December 10, 2016; the only exception to his removal is that "covered states" have until December 10, 2017 to remove "awaiting foster care placement" from their definition of homeless.

View the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

For more information on determining homelessness, visit Determining Eligibility for Services Under McKinney-Vento.

 

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Frequently Asked Questions

 

Region 7 Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Information
Pennsylvania Department of Education Homeless Education Information
How Child Wellfare Works

Click on the map to download a PDF with Pennsylvania's Education for Children Experiencing Homelessness Program regional coordinator contact information
Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Regional Map

Click on the map to download a PDF with Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania regional coordinator contact information
Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania Regional Map

 

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