• How to Help Homeless students or students who are living in unsettled living situations in the State College Area School District

    Homeless Liaisons
    Cindy Sergeon and Jeanne Knouse
    240 Villa Crest Drive
    State College, PA 16801
    Contact: ces31@scasd.org or 814-272-8225

    Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness  

     Who is homeless?
     Anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives
    •   In emergency or transitional shelters
    •   In motels, hotels, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, awaiting foster care
    •   In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings (living on the street)
    •   Doubled up with relatives or friends
    •   Migratory children living in these conditions
    •   Students moving from home to home

    What can you do if:

    •  You suspect a student may be homeless?

    Consult with your school counselor

    •  You become aware that a student is homeless?

    Call Student Services at 814-231-1054

    •  You have a homeless student in your class who seems to be in need of some specific school or personal items to be purchase?       

    Contact the Family Engagement Counselor at 814-231-1070 or the Student Services Office at 814-231-1054 to access a special budget.

    What are some common signs of homelessness?

    • Lack of continuity in education

                        —  attendance at many schools
                        —  lack of records needed for enrollment
                        —  gaps in skill development

    • Poor Health, nutrition

                       —  lack of immunizations/records
                       —  unmet medical and dental needs
                       —  chronic hunger (may hoard food)
                       —  fatigue (may fall asleep in class)

    • Transportation and attendance problems

                      —  erratic attendance or tardiness
                      —  inability to contact parents
                      —  numerous absences
                      —  avoidance of class field trips

    •  Poor hygiene

                     —  wearing same clothes for several days
                     —  lack of shower facility or washers to stay clean

    • Not ready for class

                    —  lack of basic school supplies
                    —  concern for the safety of belongs
                    —  incomplete or missing homework

    • Social and behavioral cues

                   —  Change in behavior
                   —  "Old" beyond years
                   —  Protective of parents
                   —  Poor/short attention span
                   —  Poor self-esteem
                   —  Difficulty or avoidance of making friends
                   —  Difficulty trusting people
                   —  Need for immediate gratification

    • Reactions/Statements by Parent, Guardian or Child

                      —  Anger of embarrassment when asked about current address
                      —  Mention of staying with grandparents, other relatives, friends, or a motel
                      —  Comments such as:"Our address is new; I can't remember it,"or "We're going through a bad time right now"

    Protective Factors That You Can Provide to Assure That the Students Have a "Normal Level of Participation in School Activities:

    • Take steps to form caring and supportive relationships with students and their parents and other support people in their lives
    • Be aware that there are resources to help students participate in all school activities

    Housing Assistance Available Locally:

    Housing Transitions: 814-237-4863 and Centre County Housing Case Manager: 814-237-1944
    Centre County Women's Resource Center: 814-234-5222
    Centre County Youth Service Bureau: 814-237-5731 Stepping Stone-ages 16-20 with no other living arrangemts
    Burrowes Street Youth Haven: 814-234-2100 21 day therapeutic living including intensive reunification efforts with family
    Stormbreak 814-234-2100-dependent or delinquent females ages 11-17 

    Homeless Shelter Directory

    Burrowes Street Youth Haven
    330 S. Burrowes St.
    State College, PA  16801
    Hotline: 814-234-2100    Office 814-234-0803

    Stepping Stone Transitional Living
    334 S. Burrowes St.
    State College, PA  16801

    Women's Resource Center
    140 W. Nittany Ave.
    State College, PA  16801

    Housing Transitions
    217 E. Nittany Ave.
    State College, PA  16801

    To view a copy of the State College Area School District Homeless Student Policy #251: Homeless Students
    Click here to view a copy of State College Area School District Dispute Resolution Process for the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
    Procedural Safeguards Notice for Denial of Enrollment Form
    Basic Education Circular (Homeless Students)

    More information on Pennsylvania’s Homeless Initiative and services available can be located on the following websites:

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education's website: www.pde.state.pa.us/homeless 

    The National Center for Homeless Education's website: http://www.serve.org/nche/index.php







Last Modified on October 22, 2021