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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

Non-Regulatory Guidance McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by ESSA, effective October 2016

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


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, updated in 2013, contains useful information on supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Appendices in Toolkit:


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.

Educating Homeless Children/Youth: Conducting Needs Assessments and Evaluating Services - This guide from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) can be useful as districts conduct needs assessments and program evaluations of the local Homeless Education Program.

Educating Homeless Children and Youth, The Guide to Their Rights - This booklet is intended to provide assistance to schools, parents, shelter providers and others who strive to support homeless children and youth in enrolling and participating in school.

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 February 26, 2017 at 4:41pm.