Safe and Supportive Environment (SSE): Homeless

  • The Federal McKinney-Vento Assistance Act ensures that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to public education.  It supports their success in schools, once enrolled, by protecting the educational rights of students who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes students who are:

    • living in emergency or transitional shelters,
    • sharing the housing of other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship,
    • living in motels, hotels or camping grounds due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation, or
    • living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

    All children and youth are entitled to an opportunity to learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams.  Schools can help homeless students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.  Homeless students need and deserve educational opportunities equal to those of their housed peers. 

  • Contact Information:

    Adolescent Health Programs Office
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-857-3356
    Fax: 302-739-6397
Last Modified on July 27, 2017