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
- living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- abandoned in hospitals.
- awaiting foster care placement.
- 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
- "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 separated from their parents for any other reason)
- "migratory children" whose parent(s) or spouse(s) are migratory agricultural, dairy, fishermen 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, your family, or you are aware of any children in the district, may meet any of the above criteria, please contact a school principal or Matt Dieter, Director of Educational Services, at 724-588-2500 x2310 or via email at email@example.com.