Educating Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Education for Homeless Youth 

In 1987, Congress passed the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, (subsequently renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) to aid homeless persons. The Act defines the term "homeless children and youths" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted, amending McKinney-Vento.

What is the definition of a “homeless youth” under McKinney-Vento?

“Homeless” is defined as “anyone lacking a fixed, adequate, regular nighttime residence.”

What living situations fit the definitions of homeless youth under McKinney-Vento?

Staying in the home of other people due to unavailable housing, financial hardship, or similar circumstances. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, public places, or campgrounds due to unavailable suitable housing options. Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing.

Unaccompanied (not living in direct care of legal parent or guardian) or runaway youth, refugee, and migrant youth.

To contact our district liaison for homelessness, please direct all questions or inquiries to

Taylor Charles, Director of Pupil Services

Tel:  717-933-4611, ext. 1021


Our Home & School Visitor is also available to help with resources and needs.

Keirstan Edris, Coordinator of Family and Student Services

Tel:  717-933-4131, ext. 3022


Basic Education Circular: Educating Youth Experiencing Homelessness

TASD Policy Regarding Youth Experiencing Homelessness