McKinney-Vento

Last Updated: 11/22/2021 1:07 PM

HOMELESSNESS

Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)

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

 

Kellie Irwin
Home & School Visitor/School Social Worker
McKinney-Vento Liaison
412-244-1100 ext. 5131 
irwike@whsd.net

 

Resources:

  • Allegheny County- Emergency Rental Assistance (Rent and Utility Assistance)- https://covidrentrelief.alleghenycounty.us/
  • *The application is only available online. If you can’t get online or need help filling it out, contact ACTION-Housing at 412-248-0021 or rentalassistance@ actionhousing.orgDrop-in centers with free WiFi and computers will also be open around the county. Some have scanners and staff to assist with technology.
  • Allegheny Link- 1-866-730-2368 or walk-in services are available at 1 Smithfield St. 2nd Floor Pittsburgh 15222.
  • Allegheny County Assistance Office- Greater Pittsburgh East District- 5947 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh 15206, 412-645-7400.  Services can also be accessed online at compass.state.pa.us or the compass helpline at 1-800-692-7462.
  • LIHEAP (utility assistance)- 5947 Penn Ave, 4th floor Pittsburgh 15206, 412-562-0330,