Deer Lakes

School District

Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Homeless Education Information

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was established in 1987 and amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. The Act defines the term “homeless children and youths” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

The federal mandate ensures that homeless children and youth have access to the same free and appropriate public education as other children. Children who are homeless may qualify for assistance with school lunch, school supplies, tutoring, and transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin.

Deer Lakes School District: Board Policy

If you believe that your child may qualify for this service, please contact:

Lindsay McGaughey, Director of Special Education - [email protected]

Leanna Barkley, Social Worker - [email protected]

724.265.5300 x2642

Students experiencing homelessness, and youth who have been adjudicated or are involved in the juvenile justice system often attend multiple schools in a year. These students who experience such "education instability" face barriers to high school graduation due to lost or unrecognized credits or a student's inability to take a course required by their last school.

In January, the General Assembly enacted Act 1 of 2022 (Act 1) (24 P.S. § 13-1331.1) to remove educational and graduation barriers for students who move between school entities due to homelessness, adjudication, foster care, and juvenile justice or court-ordered placements. Act 1 requires school entities to assign a point of contact, adopt clear policies and practices to apply credit for satisfactorily completed coursework, and develop a graduation plan for students experiencing education instability. Act 1 also includes protections to facilitate equal access to school, including participation in extracurricular opportunities.

Help Hotlines

Help HotLines

HUD Housing Counseling Referral Service: 1-800-569-4287
HUD sponsors approved housing counseling agencies that provide housing counseling services to citizens for free. Call 1-800-569-4287 to find a counselor that serves your neighborhood.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
This hotline provides crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, and referrals to local service providers for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929
The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) helpline gives help and hopes to youth and their families by providing non-judgmental, confidential crisis intervention and local and national referrals 24 hours a day.


Information about how to get FREE home Internet – and choose the speed that’s right for you!
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service.