Homeless information

PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program

Who are the homeless?
Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes
children who are:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters or agencies
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or a similar setting
  • Migratory children: Children living in similar circumstances (above). The term migratory children means children who are, or whose parent(s) are migratory agricultural workers, including migratory dairy workers, or migratory fishermen, and who have moved from one school district to another in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain temporary or
    seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work.
  • Unaccompanied (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian). This includes children who have run away, been thrown out of their home, been abandoned, or separated from their parent for any other reason (abuse)
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings


National Center for Homeless Education brochure
National Center for Homeless Education poster


If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, PA 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Our specialists will listen to your needs and give you information on programs in your community that might be able to help.
PA 211



Scholarship Opportunity for Students Experiencing Homelessness 

SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship Program serves youth experiencing homelessness who have a drive to pursue higher education. They believe that education is key in overcoming homelessness and it is our goal to provide the supportive environment necessary for students to succeed in higher education and the workforce. The 2024 application is now open through June 1, 2024.

Students are eligible if they: Are currently residing in the United States (undocumented applicants are eligible) Were born on or after June 1, 2004 Are starting college (four year, community college, or trade school) for the first time in the 2025-2026 academic year (not including dual-enrollment courses). This applies to high school juniors or high school seniors planning to take a gap year. Experienced homelessness in the last six years For more information, visit SchoolHouse Connection at https://schoolhouseconnection.org/scholarship/ 


Contact information:  570-673-3191 or arepard@canton.k12.pa.us

Jeff Zimmerman -Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
(570) 718-4613 or jzimmerman@liu18.org

Andy Kuhl - Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
(570)-287-9681 or akuhl@liu18.org