Homeless Liaison


Sometimes families find themselves in circumstances beyond their control that can result in homelessness. La Academia: The Partnership Charter School (LAPCS) provides support through their Homeless Liaison for families in transition--those families who are or maybe experiencing homelessness for the first time or those who have been homeless for an extended period of time.

The Homeless Liaison is here to ensure that your children receive a quality education, receive the same opportunities for a stable educational experience, assist where possible with tangible needs, transportation, and other identified needs while your children are enrolled in any of the districts schools and/or charter schools.

If you are at risk or currently experiencing homelessness, please contact Mrs. Lissette Colon, the Homeless Liaison at 717-295-7763, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm or send an email to lcolon@lapcs.org     

Homeless Assistance Act


On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law that addressed homelessness in America. It was included in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110). Subtitle B addresses education for homeless children and youths (Sec. 721-726).


Provisions of the Act:


  1.   Homeless children have the right to attend either their original school or the school in the area in which they currently reside for the duration of their homelessness, or until the end of the schoolyear if the family finds permanent housing.


  2.  Schools are to immediately enroll homeless children and unaccompanied youth, even if they are unable to produce record normally required for enrollment such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, and any other required documentation.


  3.  In the case where the educating district is different than the district where the student is temporarily residing, both school districts are responsible for the facilitation of transportation in the best interest of the student.


  4.  Immediately upon enrollment, homeless students receive a daily, free school lunch and free school service.


  5.   McKinney-Vento defines homeless as living in the following situations:
  • Living in shelters or transitional housing
  • Living in cars, parks, substandard housing
  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship (doubled-up)
  • Living in hotel/motel, or campgrounds
  • Migrant living in one of the above situations

  You can contact Lissette Colon at 717-295-7763 or at lcolon@lapcs.org. 

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