Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Merrymeeting Support Collaborative for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Donna Verhoeven, Youth Outreach Coordinator, works with children and youth up to age 24 experiencing homelessness in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick & Harpswell. With office hours at Midcoast Youth Center, and various schools within RSU 1 and MSAD 75, Donna assists youth with:

  • 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
  • Assistance with applications for employment, college, MaineCare and more
  • Support in court proceedings
  • Assistance accessing basic needs: clothing, food, toiletries, mental health care, medical care, dental care
  • Transportation

Jamie Dorr (left) and Donna Verhoeven (right)

We are Here to Support YOU

For more information about any inquiries regarding the McKinney-Vento or Merrymeeting Project opportunities, please contact Donna at (207)-751-5738

McKinney-Vento Act

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


SchoolHouse Connection

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

Department of Health and Human Services - MaineCare Eligibility Guidelines

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

Informational Poster about McKinney-Vento for School-Age Youth

Informational Poster about McKinney-Vento for Parents

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program