Collegium Charter School affirms that youth experiencing homelessness should have access to free and appropriate public education and assists to minimize any educational barriers that homeless children may face. Our goal is to provide educational stability when there is housing instability.
Children and youth are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if they have been displaced from their homes and are living in a place that is not fixed, regular or adequate, such as:
- Sharing housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
- In a place not designated as regular sleeping accommodations, such as a vehicle, park, hotel, or campground
- In a homeless or domestic violence shelter or transitional housing placement
- Outside of his/her home as an unaccompanied youth
- In any of the situations listed above as the child of a migrant family
If you believe you may be eligible, please contact Mrs. Natalie Corcimiglia, CCS Homeless Liaison to find out what services and support may be available. Below are links to resources with further information and details.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education: Homeless Education
- ECYEH: PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Community Resources For Families Facing Housing Instability:
- Bridge of Hope – Chester County
- Family Promise
- Home of the Sparrow
- Open Hearth, Inc.
- St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter
- Chester County Food Bank
- Early Childhood Programs & Services in Chester County