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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

Recent News

Penn Hills School District Exits Financial Recovery Status

We are thrilled to announce that the Penn Hills School District has officially exited Financial Recovery status. This monumental achievement was announced on May 23, 2024, by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid Mumin, at Penn Hills Middle School.

Linton Middle School's Heartfelt Mentor Appreciation

Over the past two days, Dr. Robinson and YESS Team member Miss Nia guided over 30 eighth-grade students in delivering a special gift to someone of their choosing. About a month ago, an idea was hatched to create t-shirts that allow our kids to give thanks to someone in the building who has truly been a mentor to them during their time at Linton.

Spotlight on: A Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity

Educators and students, we're excited to share a fantastic summer opportunity that's gaining recognition across the state! Sigma Resources’ subsidiary, Simcoach Games, is partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and regional schools to offer the Junior Game Developer Pre-Apprenticeship in video game development.

Free After-school Meal Program Launches in Penn Hills School District

The Penn Hills School District, in collaboration with The Nutrition Group, is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at providing free afterschool meals to school-age children within the community. This program is part of a broader effort to support the nutritional needs of children and ensure they have access to healthy meals outside of regular school hours.

PA FAFSA Submission Deadline Extended

In an important update for students and families across Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has extended the submission deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to June 1, 2024.

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