We understand that times are hard for many of our families. On PTHS D209, we aim to provide assistance where we can and ensure that all students have access to quality education. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that works to ensure educational stability for homeless youth. The McKinney-Vento act allows homeless students to enroll in school and receive transportation without delay. The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” Examples of children who fall under this definition include:
(a) Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
(b) Children living in “motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations"
(c) Children living in "emergency or transitional shelters"
(d) Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
(e) Children living in “cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations”