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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

Homeless Education Advisory 2003 - 5: Title I and Homeless Students

This advisory is intended to provide school officials with guidance as they implement the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act requirement regarding the right of homeless students to have access to the education services needed to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.

Specifically, this advisory describes the guidelines concerning the participation of homeless students in Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged.

Relevant selections from Title 1 are:

  • Section 1115, Targeted Assistance Schools states that "A child who is homeless and attending any school served by the local educational agency is eligible for Title I services;" and
  • Section 1113, Eligible School Attendance Areas requires school districts to reserve the Title 1 funds necessary to provide comparable services, including providing educationally related support services to children in shelters and other locations where homeless students may live, to homeless children who do not attend Title 1 participating schools.

Moreover, Section 1112 - Local Educational Agency Plans stipulates that school districts may receive a Title 1 Grant "only if such agency has on file with the State educational agency a plan… that is coordinated with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act" and that the plan must include:

  • a description of how the local educational agency will coordinate and integrate services provided under Title 1 with other educational services at the local educational agency or individual school level, such as services for homeless children; and
  • a description of the services the local educational agency will provide homeless children, including services provided with funds reserved under section.

The district Homeless Education Liaison and the Title 1 Director must collaborate to ensure that an assessment of the needs of homeless students is conducted, that services are designed to meet the identified needs, and that services are provide, regardless of whether or not the homeless students attend Title 1 schools. By working together, McKinney-Vento and Title 1 can help improve the academic performance of homeless students by ensuring they receive the services necessary to attain the intention of the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act - for homeless students to enroll, attend and be given the opportunity to succeed in school.

Note: As stated in section H-3 of the U.S. Department of Education's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Non-Regulatory Guidance, school districts "may not use funds under Title I, Part A to transport homeless students to or from their school of origin. Transportation services to the school of origin are mandated under the McKinney-Vento Act's legislation. The supplanting provisions in Title I and Title V prohibit such funds from being used to support activities that the LEA would otherwise be required to provide."



Last Updated: August 26, 2003
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