Homeless Program

Education for Homeless Youth (McKinney-Vento)


Ericka L Cowell

Asst. Director of Financial Services / Homeless Liaison

[email protected]


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.
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