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Homeless Families: McKinney-Vento Act Information

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:
  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

  • Children and youth who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters

  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above

School Enrollment

In accordance with the McKinney-Vento Action, the Pennsbury School District will immediately enroll the homeless child or unaccompanied youth in school, even if the child or youth lacks records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency or other documentation.  Please contact our homeless liaison, Ms. Ruffing, at the number below for more information.

Basic Education Circular on Homelessness 

Click here to review.

Homeless Liaison

Ms. Laurie A. Ruffing, Interim Director of Student Services


[email protected]


National Center for Homeless Education 

Family Service Association Resources for the Homeless

Pennsbury School District
134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, PA 19058
Telephone: 215-428-4100
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