• How to Help Homeless* Students in the State College Area School District
    Homeless Liaison-Jeanne Knouse
    240 Villa Crest Drive
    State College, PA  16801
    (814) 231-1054 E-mail mailto:jmk37@scasd.org


    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 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 231-1070 or the Student Services Office at 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

    *This can also relate to students who are living in unsettled living situations

    Housing Assistance Available Locally:
    Housing Transitions-237-4863 and Centre County Housing Case Manager-237-1944 
    Centre County Women's Resource Center - 234-5222
    Centre County Youth Service Bureau - 237-5731 Stepping Stone-ages 16-20 with no other living arrangemts
    Burrowes Street Youth Haven - 234-2100 21 day therapeutic living including intensive reunification efforts with family
    Stormbreak 234-2100-dependent or delinquent females ages 11-17 
    For more information: Pennsylvania Department of Education:  www.pde.state.pa.us/homeless - click on Homeless Education in left column   

    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

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

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

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







Last Modified on November 5, 2018