Homeless Children

            Federal guidelines, as set forth in No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, require that local schools identify children who are homeless. The federal mandate, and the intention of the Greenville Area School District is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Children, who are homeless, including those living with others, may qualify for assistance with school lunch, with school supplies/materials, with tutoring, and with transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin.

 

          If you believe your child(ren) or know of a child(ren) who may qualify for this service, please contact Brian S. Tokar, Greenville Area School District Homeless Liaison, at (724) 588-2500.

 

Homeless children may be identified as living in the following situations:

 

·        Public or private shelters;

·        Public or private places not designated for/or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.;

·        Living with a parent in a domestic violence shelter;

·        Individuals and/or families living with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing;

·        Living in transitional housing programs;

·        Runaway children (under age 18) and children who have been abandoned or forced out of the home by parents or other caretakers. Children may be in temporary shelters awaiting assistance from social service agencies, or may live alone on the street or move from place to place among family members, friends or acquaintances. This also includes such youth from 18 to 21 of age who may still be eligible for educational services in regular or special education;

·        Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing;

·        Children abandoned in hospitals or awaiting foster care; or

·        School age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations.

 

           For more information, contact Brian Tokar, Greenville Area School District Homeless Liaison at (724) 588-2500 or via email at btokar@greenville.k12.pa.us .