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The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became law on July 22, 1987. This was the first comprehensive federal statute addressing homelessness issues in the United States. The 2001 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act was subsequently added to the No Child Left Behind Act and is now known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) authorizes the Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, which is designed to meet the needs of homeless children and youths and safeguard their educational rights and protections. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) revised the McKinney-Vento Act, and on October 1, 2016, the ESSA's amendments took effect. 

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program was established in 1988 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The primary objective of this legislation is to guarantee that homeless children and youth have equal access to a free and appropriate public education throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Linton Middle School Home-School Visitor Kyoko Henson presents to the Board of School Directors on Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Addressing the Impact of Evictions on Homelessness: A Call for Action and Support

Evictions play a significant role in exacerbating homelessness, serving as both a cause and a symptom of deeper systemic issues. When individuals or families are evicted, they often face immediate housing instability, which can lead to homelessness. The loss of a home impacts not just the physical shelter but also affects mental health, employment opportunities, and access to education and healthcare. Preventing evictions and providing support to those at risk are crucial steps in addressing the broader challenge of homelessness, highlighting the need for comprehensive housing policies and social safety nets.

Eviction Disparities in Communities of Color

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