Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The main objective of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110, Subtitle B) is to make sure homeless youth have access to appropriate education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to minimize interruptions to the education of homeless youth. The Lakeland School District is committed to working collaboratively with families and local agencies to support homeless youth in our school community.
THE DEFINITION OF HOMELESS IS (MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT SEC. 725(2); 42 U.S.C 11435(2)): CHILDREN WHO LACK A FIXED, REGULAR, AND ADEQUATE NIGHT-TIME RESIDENCE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE SITUATIONS BELOW:
If you believe you fall into the category of children in youth experienceing homelessness or know of someone who is, please contact the homeless liaison listed below:
The Homeless Liaison of the Lakeland School District: Mr. Michael Motsay 1355 Lakeland Drive Scott Township, PA 18433. Phone # 570-254-9485 ext. 1003. Email - [email protected]
Regional Coordinator for Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Mr. Jeff Zimmerman 368 Tioga Avenue Kingston, PA 18704. Phone # 570-718-4613 Email - [email protected]
Below are number of useful documents and material including; Lakeland's homeless procedure, a homeless intake form, local shelters and resources, and general information on what rights children in youth experiencing homeless have. Also the Find Your Way PA App can help users find food, shelter and other resources in their courrent location, local communities and throughout PA.