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Homeless Youth

Scarborough Public Schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by homeless students.

Under McKinney-Vento, homeless students are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. When students become homeless, they can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they might no longer meet residency requirements. McKinney-Vento also guarantees homeless students the right to enroll in a public school even if they lack the typically required documents and immunizations. In addition, homeless students are guaranteed the transportation they need to attend school.

According to McKinney-Vento, "homeless" can be defined as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship 
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing 
  • Living in emergency or transitional housing 
  • Abandoned in hospitals 
  • Awaiting foster care 
  • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations 
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations 
  • Migratory students meeting the descriptions above 
  • The following signs may indicate homelessness:
  • Lack of continuity in education 
  • Poor health/nutrition 
  • Transportation and attendance problems 
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Lack of privacy/personal space after school 
  • Social and behavioral concerns 
  • Reactions/statements by parent, guardian or child 

Nicole Benham is the contact person at Scarborough Public Schools for any questions related to the education of homeless students. She can be contacted at 730-4133.

Special Services Office

Scarborough Municipal Building Upper Level, Room 319
259 U.S. Route 1 / P.O. Box 370
Scarborough, ME 04074-0370
Phone: (207) 730-4130
Fax: (207) 730-4104

Chris Rohde
Director of Special Services
Phone: (207) 730-4134

Nicole Benham
Assistant Director of 
Special Services

Phone: (207) 730-4133

Michelle Newton
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (207) 730-4132