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Title IX - Part A (Homeless Education)


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The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, most recently re-authorized December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Definition of a Homeless Child/Youth

  • A homeless child or youth ages 3-21;
  • A child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:
    • A child who is sharing the housing of others (includes doubled-up families) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital
    • A child who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans beings
    • A child who is living in a car, park, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or
    • A migratory child/youth who qualifies as homeless because of the living circumstances described above
      • Includes youth who have runaway or youth being forced to leave home.

District Homeless Liaison Contacts

Homeless Education Liaisons (2016-09-23) - Each public school district is required to appoint an appropriate staff person to serve in the role of Homeless Education Liaison.


McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001

Updated Policy Guidance has been posted at the U.S. Department of Education website for EHCY Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance.

Download a PDF from the U.S Department of Education website.
Updated Non-Regulatory Guidance for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program  Updated March 2017

Additional information regarding The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act can be accessed at the National Center for Homeless Education Legislation webpage.
281--Iowa Administrative Code 33 - implements McKinney-Vento law for Iowa.

Educating the Homeless 281--IAC 33 - This file is a copy of 281--Iowa Administrative Code 33 dealing with educating the homeless.

Homeless Education Issue Briefs (National Center for Homeless Education) - Briefs contain information regarding legislation requirements and other homeless education topics.

McKinney-Vento Subgrants

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth subgrants are open to any public school district in Iowa that has identified and reported a minimum of 25 homeless students. Subgrants are selected through a competitive grant process.

Competitive Subgrants for Homeless Education Assistance
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act provides competitive subgrants to districts to expand services to homeless children, to create greater awareness and sensitivity of district and school staff about the ways to identify students who may be homeless, and to provide additional services to these children to increase their chances for academic success. School districts may apply for federal funds for providing activities for, and services to, homeless students, including preschool-aged homeless children, and youth that enable such children and youth to enroll in, attend and succeed in school.

Subgrants are open to any public school district in Iowa that has identified and reported a minimum of 25 homeless students on Student Reporting in Iowa (SRI).  Subgrants are awarded through a highly competitive grant process.

The competitive application period is now closed.

2015-2018 Subgrantees

  • Ames CSD
  • Cedar Rapids CSD
  • College CSD
  • Davenport CSD
  • Des Moines ISD
  • Dubuque CSD
  • Iowa City CSD
  • Ottumwa CSD
  • Sioux City CSD

Coordination with Title I / Homeless Education

Title I, Part A and Homeless Education Coordination - questions and answers about the coordination between Title I, Part A, and Homeless Education

Title I Homeless Set Aside Handout 2014-2015

2014-03-14 USDE Letter - Use of Title I Funds - Homeless


National Homeless Education Data Overview
Data available by State



Homeless Education Issue Briefs (National Center for Homeless Education) - Briefs contain information regarding legislation requirements and other homeless education topics.


Homeless Liaison Toolkit - A comprehensive resource that will assist both new and veteran local liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities. The Toolkit, 2017 edition, contains useful information on supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Chapters in Toolkit:

  • Chapter One: Overview and History
  • Chapter Two: Local Educational Agency and Local Liaison Responsibilities
  • Chapter Three: Identification of Students Experiencing Homelessness
  • Chapter Four: Determining Eligibility
  • Chapter Five: Enrolling Homeless Students
  • Chapter Six: School Selection
  • Chapter Seven: Transportation
  • Chapter Eight: Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter Nine: Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
  • Chapter Ten: Working with Parents
  • Chapter Eleven: Collaboration
  • Chapter Twelve: Training and Awareness
  • Chapter Thirteen: Data Collection and Requirements
  • Chapter Fourteen: Subgrants
  • Chapter Fifteen: Managing the work
  • Chapter Sixteen: Related Legislation

Appendices in Toolkit:

  • Appendix 2.A Homeless Liaison Responsibilities
  • Appendix 2.B Quick Guide to Important Sections of the McKinney-Vento Act
  • Appendix 2.C Understanding My LEA's Homeless Education Program
  • Appendix 3.A Sample Housing Information Form
  • Appendix 4.A Legal Definition of Homelessness
  • Appendix 6.A  A School Selection Checklist for Decision-Making
  • Appendix 7.A Transportation Memorandum of Understanding
  • Appendix 8.A Written Notification of Decision
  • Appendix 8.B Dispute Review Guide
  • Appendix 9.A Unaccompanied Youth Eligibility Flowchart
  • Appendix 10.A Suggested Guidelines for a Parent Agreement
  • Appendix 11.A McKinney-Vento Act Provisions and Guidance Related to Collaboration
  • Appendix 11.B Collaborations Required by Law
  • Appendix 11.C Basic Tips for Collaboration
  • Appendix 12.A Presenter Tips
  • Appendix 12.B Common Signs of Homelessness
  • Appendix 14.A McKinney-Vento Subgrant Authorized Activities
  • Appendix 15.A Template of Quadrants to Determine Priorities
  • Appendix 15.B Top 5 List
  • Appendix 15.C School Level Point of Contact Information
  • Appendix 15.D Needs Assessment Worksheet and Summary
  • Appendix 15.E Sample Barrier Tracking Form


Most Frequent Asked Questions on The Education of Homeless Children and Youth (Includes ESSA Updates): This publication provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations, based on the amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which takes effect October 1, 2016. Published by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth – September 2016.

Homeless Education Brochure - Definitions and Education Rights - A brief outline of definitions and educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistances Act for students experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Education Monitoring Tool 2014-15 - This monitoring tool reflects federal and state homeless education program requirements for all districts.


Chapter 33, IAC requires postings in communities regarding services for homeless children and families. These model posters can be used to create local versions.


Iowa Finance Authority’s (IFA) mission is to finance, administer, advance and preserve affordable housing and to promote community and economic development for Iowans. IFA is a self-supporting public agency. IFA offers a variety of programs that address a continuum of housing needs, from homeless assistance to multifamily rental to single-family homeownership.

Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that provides critical legal assistance to low-income Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the voice and social conscience for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY accomplishes this through advocacy, partnerships, and education.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty's (NLCHP) mission is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds programs to help the homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness's mission is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to constellate a national partnership at every level of government and every element of the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 23, 2017 at 1:45pm.