Homeless Services

  • The Elizabethtown Area School District's support services department seeks to remove barriers to learning and ensure educational success for all students. As such, the District is here to help families experiencing homelessness. In addition to District programs and supports, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school. McKinney-Vento is federal legislation that, in part, makes sure that students have access to education during homelessness. Homelessness is defined for education purposes by McKinney-Vento as:

    • Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”)
    • Living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to a lack of an alternative
    • Living in emergency shelters (Salvation Army or New Horizons)
    • Living in a public or private place that is not meant for sleeping (cars, parks, bus stations, abandoned buildings, etc.)
    • Migratory children who live in any of the above circumstances

    If you, or a family you know, are in one of these situations, please reach out to your student's school homeless liaison listed below, as families can access services that will help them receive the assistance necessary to meet their needs.

    School District Homeless Liaison
    Ms. Jenn Fields
    (717) 367-1533, ext. 21108
    jennifer_fields@etownschools.org