Pennsylvania's Homeless Children's Initiative

Pennsylvania’s Homeless Children’s Initiative
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Division of Student and Safe School Services
333 Market Street, 5 Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
 
Program overview:
 
The main purpose of the Pennsylvania Homeless Children’s Initiative is to make sure homeless youth have access to appropriate education while removing barriers that homeless children face.  It’s goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. 
 
Pennsylvania’s education for Homeless Children and Youth Program is meeting it’s aim to minimize the impact of homelessness on education.  By keeping kids in their schools of origin when possible and coordinating educational services, it us helping students experiencing homelessness access all of the benefits of an educational system other resident students take for granted.
 
That’s where the services offered by the Regional Site Coordinators across the state make a difference.  Working with the schools, shelters and individuals families, Coordinators help alleviate disruption.  They assist students to bypass barriers so they can get into a new school quickly or stay in the school of origin. 
 
 
TO REACH US
 
To order publications and materials on homelessness at no charge, call
1-800-770-4822 Ext. 1361
 
For more information, contact the State Coordinator for the PDE Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program in Harrisburg at
(717)-783-6468
 
Access the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program on the Internet:
www.pde.state.pa.us./homeless
 
Pennsylvania had 8 McKinney-Bento regional homeless sites with Coordinators to assist homeless children.
 
Michelle Voithofer
Intermediate Unit 1
(724)-938-0820  Ext. 21
 

Family Resource Coordination Guide

The Greene County Family Resource Coordination (FRC) Guide is now available.  To view the FRC Guide, click here.

 
To view all of the Family Resource System Analysis resource materials, click here.

APPRISE

smileAPPRISE, a health insurance counseling program for senior citizens (age 65 +) has a new coordinator.  It is estimated that there are hundreds of people in Greene County who are paying for Medicare Part D when they don't have to.  Individuals need to check the income eligibility guidelines each year and now extra help is being offered through Medicare's Low Income Subsidy that can save an average of $3900 a year for individuals who qualify.  Call APPRISE staff at 888-300-2704 Ext. 4438

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