Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education, ensured by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students.
The services provided under McKinney-Vento provide families the opportunity to maintain education stability for their student, which is key to their educational trajectory and success. One of the priorities of the act is the provision of transportation services to allow students experiencing homelessness to remain in their school of origin, which is defined as the school that the student attended when they first experienced homelessness.
Contact Ms. Washington, Homeless/Foster Care Liaison
Homeless and Financial Support Resources:
ACTION Housing: 1-412-824-2444
Allegheny Link: 1-866-730-2368
Bethlehem Haven: 1-412-391-1348 (Single Women)
Family Links: 866-583-6003 (Males & Females 18-21 years old)
Goodwill of Southwestern: 1-412-481-9005 (HEART) (House-Transitional and Vocational housing, support services, job placement/resettlement assistance, and follow-up)
Light of Life Rescue Mission: 1-412-258-6100 ext. 4127 (Homeless Men)
Naomi’s Place Transitional Housing Program: 1-412-361-3888 (Dual Diagnosis Women and their Children)
Salvation Army Family Crisis Center : 1-412-362-0891 (Single Women, Women and Men with Children, Youths 18-21 yrs.)
Homeless Assistance Program: 1-412-246-1640