Title X - Part C (Homeless Education)
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Title X - Part C provides states and local school districts with resources to support appropriate services and programs for children and youth who are identified as being homeless. States must ensure that each homeless youth and child has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. States and districts are required to review and revise policies that may act as barriers to enrollment, attendance or success in school for homeless children and youth.
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, or is awaiting foster care placement.
- 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 - Updated February 2015 - Each public school district is required to appoint an appropriate staff person to serve in the role of Homeless Education Liaison.
281--Iowa Administrative Code 33 - implements McKinney-Vento law for Iowa.
Homeless Education Issue Briefs (National Center for Homeless Education) - Briefs contain information regarding legislation requirements and other homeless education topics.
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.
For additional information on Homeless Education, contact Sandy Johnson at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org
The competitive application period is now closed.
- Ames CSD
- Bettendorf CSD
- Cedar Rapids CSD
- College CSD
- Davenport CSD
- Des Moines ISD
- Dubuque CSD
- Iowa City CSD
- Ottumwa CSD
- Sioux City CSD
- Southeast Polk 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
Homeless Education Issue Briefs (National Center for Homeless Education) -Briefs contain information regarding legislation requirements and other homeless education topics.
Complete Local Homeless Education 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:
- Appendix 1 A History of the McKinney-Vento Act
- Appendix 2 A Homeless Liaison Responsibilities
- Appendix 2 B Quick Guide to Important Sections of the McKinney-Vento Act
- Appendix 2 C Understanding My Homeless Education Program
- Appendix 3 A Sample Residency Information Form
- Appendix 4 A A Legal Definition of Homelessness
- Appendix 5 A Missing Documents
- Appendix 5 B Sample Caregiver Form
- Appendix 6 A School Selection Checklist for Decision-Making
- Appendix 7 A Sample Parent Contract
- Appendix 8 A Written Enrollment Decision Notice
- Appendix 8 B Dispute Reveiw Guide
- Appendix 9 A Unaccompanied Youth Eligibility FLowchart
- Appendix 10 A Suggested Guidelines for a Parent Agreement
- Appendix 11 A McKinney-Vento Law and Guidance Related to Collabortation
- Appendix 11 B Collaborations Related 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
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.
The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situation - This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations. The answers are general responses based on federal statues, regulations, and guidance; relevant case law; and best practices from across the country. Answers were compiled by the National Association for the education of Homeless Children and Youth and the National Law center on Homelessness & Poverty.
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.
- Homeless Information for Parents
- Homeless Information for School-Aged Youth
- Homeless Information for Parents (color)
- Homeless Information for School-Aged Youth (color)
- Homeless Information for Parents (Spanish) (color)
- Homeless Information for School-Aged Youth (Spanish) (color)
- McKinney-Vento FAFSA Poster
- McKinney-Vento Mortgage Poster
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.
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) provides facts and policy on homelessness at the national level. NPACH is a grass roots anti-poverty organization with a mission to ensure that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the needs and experiences of local communities.
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.