Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Youth Housing Insecurity
Midcoast Community Alliance strives to always support students within the community. In some cases, students might face housing insecurities and homelessness. MCA is pleased to offer resources for youth experiencing housing insecurities. Resources that are available include food, clothing, driver’s ed, or getting to school. Other opportunities include implementing the support provided under the McKinney-Vento Act.
Merrymeeting Project Services
Youth Outreach Coordinator, Donna Verhoeven, works with children and youth of all ages experiencing homelessness in RSU1, MSAD75, Brunswick & Harpswell.
Some of the opportunities provided by the Merrymeeting Project through MCA include:
- Educational support for full access to public school
- Attendance at school academic meetings
- Help with employment opportunity searches
- Youth and family-driven case management goals
We are Here to Support YOU
For more information about any inquiries regarding the McKinney-Vento or Merrymeeting Project opportunities, please contact Midcoast Community Alliance at (207)-751-5738
The federal McKinney-Vento Act serves to protect children's' educational rights during times of housing insecurity. Eligible youth are entitled to opportunities to eliminate barriers to their education.
Child's Rights Under the McKinney-Vento Act:
- Free public education
- Immediate enrollment into school
- Enrollment at your school of origin
- Transportation to and from school
- School nutrition programs, including free and reduced lunch
You are eligible for the McKinney-Vento service if you live in any of the following situations:
- Emergency or transitional shelters
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, etc.
- Cars, parks, public spaces, substandard housing, abandoned buildings, or similar settings
- Motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate housing
- Are not in the custody of your parents or guardians
For more information about the McKinney-Vento Act, please visit the sites provided below:
- The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
- Department of Health and Human Services - MaineCare
- The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
- McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
- SchoolHouse Connection