Beyond the various programs and services available and offered through Lanc Co MyHome, there are specific student rights and initiatives in place students who may be experiencing homelessness.
How do the schools define homelessness?
A child is considered homeless if he or she is living with our without a parent:
In a homeless, domestic violence shelter or transitional home
In a public or private place not designated as a regular sleeping accommodation, such as a vehicle, park, hotel, or campground
With relatives or friends due to lack of housing or sharing housing
Awaiting foster care
What programs are in place specifically for students?
The McKinney-Vento Act requires educational access, attendance and success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act provides states with funding to support statewide initiatives. Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is now statewide and covers all 499 school districts, 29 intermediate unites, 175 public charter schools, and 12 full-time career-technical centers.
Will I lose my kids if I tell the district I’m homeless?
No, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the rights of children to get the education, financial help with supplies, clothes, and lunches, and from discrimination.
There is a complex system in place that supports and prioritizes families.