Education for Homeless Children and Youth


To ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education available to other children, the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program provides assistance to States to: (1) establish or designate an Office of Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths; (2) develop and carry out a State plan for the education of homeless children; and (3) make subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support the education of those children.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title VII, Subtitle B.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico may apply. Funds are also reserved for the Outlying Areas and the Department of Interior/Bureau of Indian Education. LEAs are eligible for State subgrants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Homeless children and youth in elementary and secondary schools (and homeless preschool children and their parents benefit.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A State that desires to receive a grant under this program must submit a plan to the Department that meets the requirements of section 722(g) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Award Procedure
The Department awards grants to States by formula. States then award subgrants competitively to LEAs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States receive grants noncompetitively by formula. LEA subgrants are awarded competitively by States on the basis of need and the quality of applications.
How may assistance be used?
State educational agencies (SEAs) may use grant funds for State-level activities (including activities of the Office of Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths) and to make subgrants to LEAs. LEAs may use subgrant funds for activities allowable under section 723(d) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act that facilitate the educational success of homeless children and youth. Such activities include but are not limited to: enriched supplemental instruction, transportation, health care referral services, and professional development for teachers. Services provided with these funds cannot replace the regular academic program and must expand upon or improve services provided as part of the regular academic program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
State grantees must submit annual performance and financial reports as required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 CFR Part 76. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title VII, Subpart B, section 722(c). Each State receives an amount that bears the same ratio to the amount appropriated for this program as the amount allocated to the State under Section 1122 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act bears to the total allocations made under Section 1122, except that no State shall receive less than the greater of $150,000, 0.25 percent of the total program appropriation, or the amount of the State's fiscal year 2001 award.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
States receive formula grants annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
John McLaughlin, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 401-0962.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $65,042,000; FY 15 est $65,042,000; and FY 16 est $65,042,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014 average State award: $1,216,980.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidance for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program may be obtained from the Headquarters Office contact below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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