Education for Homeless Youth (McKinney-Vento)
Ericka L Cowell
Asst. Director of Financial Services / Homeless Liaison
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act and Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Pennsylvania ECYEH) Program were established to make sure homeless youth have access to a free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face.
What is the definition of a “homeless youth” under McKinney-Vento?
“Homeless” is defined as “anyone lacking a fixed, adequate, regular nighttime residence.”
What situations fit this definition?
- Staying in the home of other people due to unavailable housing, financial hardship, eviction or similar circumstances.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks (in some instances – examples: leaking roof, no heat, etc.), public places, or campgrounds due to unavailable suitable housing options.
- Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing.
- Unaccompanied (not living in the direct care of legal parent or guardian) or runaway youth.
- Refugee and migrant youth.