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.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, Pennsylvania Dept Of $ 4,501,232   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Hawaii Department Of $ 367,425   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Georgia Department Of $ 3,606,850   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, California Department Of $ 12,924,738   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 7,818,293   2021-07-012022-09-30
State Office Of Education, Utah $ 549,782   2021-07-012022-09-30
Vermont State Agency Of Education $ 266,250   2021-07-012022-09-30
Public Instruction, Washington State Superintendent Of $ 1,703,746   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Arkansas Department Of $ 1,011,253   2021-07-012022-09-30
Public Instruction, Montana Office Of $ 324,786   2021-07-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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 Procedures

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 Procedures

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.


McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Title VII, Subtitle B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

Specific performance monitoring requirements will be included in the grant documents.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $70,000,000; FY 17 est $77,000,000; and FY 18 est $69,867,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 17 range of awards: $192,500-$9,004,642FY 2017 average State award: $1,439,769.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidance for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program may be obtained from the Headquarters Office contact below.

Information Contacts

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.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States receive grants noncompetitively by formula. LEA subgrants are awarded competitively by States on the basis of need and the quality of applications.

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