Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program

  • The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program (ECYEH) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is based on the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This federal legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate, public education.

    Children and youth are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act if they have been displaced from their homes and are living in a place that is not fixed, regular, or adequate, such as:

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
    • In a place not designated as regular sleeping accommodation, such as a vehicle, park, hotel, or campground
    • In a homeless or domestic violence shelter or transitional housing placement
    • Outside of his/her home as an unaccompanied youth
    • Awaiting foster care
    • In any of the situations listed above as the child of a migrant family

    Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

    • Continue their education in their current school, and receive transportation OR enroll immediately in the school where they are temporarily housed, even if lacking the paperwork normally required
    • Participate in all applicable school programs, including supplemental services
    • Receive free lunch
    • Receive assistance with school-related expenses such as supplies, clothing, uniforms, etc.

    For more information, please contact your child’s school counselor or the Director of Safe and Supportive Schools.

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