Each year during the week before Thanksgiving, advocates raise awareness for hunger and homelessness, organize community events, and meet with lawmakers to discuss programs and legislation. The event, a national effort, aims to combat hunger and homelessness in communities and increase access to social support services for those who need it.
In the commonwealth, Pennsylvania's ECYEH program aims to help homeless youth maintain stability during a period of homelessness. The EYCEH program was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in 1988 after the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (now known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001) became law. The program assesses Pennsylvania's homeless children population, develops appropriate responses and establishes McKinney-Vento Homeless sites.
During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the EYCEH program will work with
local school districts to discuss their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, reveal and overcome possible educational barriers, explain current legislation and policies, and provide practical tips for working with homeless children.
For more information about National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, please visit the National Coalition for the Homeless website.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education