Homeless information

PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program

Who are the homeless?
Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes
children who are:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters or agencies
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or a similar setting
  • Migratory children: Children living in similar circumstances (above). The term migratory children means children who are, or whose parent(s) are migratory agricultural workers, including migratory dairy workers, or migratory fishermen, and who have moved from one school district to another in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain temporary or
    seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work.
  • Unaccompanied (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian). This includes children who have run away, been thrown out of their home, been abandoned, or separated from their parent for any other reason (abuse)
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings



Please visit this webpage: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=537 regarding the LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program. “LIHEAP provides assistance for home energy bills, helping ensure continuity of utility and other energy services for low-income Pennsylvanians. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners. The LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program will offer a crisis benefit and a supplemental payment for households that previously received a crisis payment made directly to utility companies or fuel providers to help offset costs for home utilities.”