The McKinney-Vento (federal) Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings. The East Counties schools have staff who support children and youth in these situations. Assistance can be requested through school counselors.
As proposed by St. Vincent de Paul, children in school in the East County school districts and youth in the Safe Parking program will be advised to speak with their school counselor for enrollment. Underage children will not be able to enroll in this program until they are of age and enrolled in school.