Homeless Information

Education for Homeless Youth

Homeless Information Pamphlet

In 1987, Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to aid homeless persons.  The term “homeless children and youth” refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  Children or youth and their families living in a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, on the street or doubled up with relatives or friends due to a lack of housing are considered to be homeless.  It is the District’s obligation to ensure that children defined as homeless have equal access to the same free, appropriate public school education as provided to other children and youths.  The District Homeless Liaison is charged with identifying homeless children , informing parents/guardians of educational rights and related opportunities available, providing parents/guardians with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children, disseminating public notice of educational rights of homeless students, mediating enrollment disputes, informing parents/guardians of transportation options, assisting children and youth who do not have immunizations or medical records, facilitating connections to community resources and referrals and collaborating with school personnel to ensure that homeless children who are in the need of special education and related services are located, identified and evaluated.  The Union Area School District Homeless Liaison is Mr. Rob Nogay, Middle/High School Principal.  Please contact Mr. Nogay at 724-658-4501, ext 2102 or at the Union Middle/High School, 2106 Camden Avenue, New Castle, PA 16101 with any referrals, questions or concerns regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Ac