Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)
The Bangor Area School District works to reduce and remove educational barriers for youth experiencing homelessness. If you’re a student living in emergency housing, displaced from your housing, a runaway, or a parent or guardian of a student lacking housing, or someone working with students experiencing homelessness and their families, we are here to help.
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.
Bangor Area School District's Homeless Liasiaon: Joseph Kondisko, Ed.D.