The Pennsylvania Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program exists to

    help students who experience homelessness by offering a wide variety of services to help during this

    time of change and stress.

    Information for School-Age Youth

    You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act if you live in any of the

    following situations: a shelter; a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation;

    a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station; doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or

    economic hardship. As an eligible student you have the right to: receive a free, appropriate public education;

    enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment; enroll in school and

    attend classes while the school gathers needed documents; enroll in the local school or continue attending

    your school of origin (the school you attended when permanently housed or the school in which you were

    last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible (If the district believes that the school selected is not in

    your best interest, the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your

    right to appeal its decision); receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this; receive

    educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your needs as a student.

    If you believe you may be eligible or know someone who could be eligible, contact Dr. Oscar Torres,

    Director of State & Federal Programs at 610-240-1909 or torreso@tesd.net to find out what services

    and supports may be available.