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1 Title I and Homeless Education Requirements Patricia McGuirk Homeless Education Program Manager August, 2008

2 Title I, Part A set-aside All students in temporary housing (homeless) are eligible for Title I services. LEAs must reserve (or set aside) funds for homeless students who do not attend Title I schools. Even if no homeless children or unaccompanied youth are currently identified, a reserve must be included for homeless children who may enroll during the school year. Set-aside funds can also be used for homeless students who do attend Title I schools. Put the set aside amount in your Title I budget (FS-10) in the category where you anticipate need (e.g. salaries or supplies) and put (set aside for homeless students) in parentheses.

3 Title I Plan for Services for Homeless Students LEAs must submit a Title I Plan to NYSED with a description of the Title I services provided to homeless students and the amount of the Title I set- aside NCLB requires that school districts coordinate their Title I plans with the McKinney-Vento Act and with their district’s homeless liaison to identify needs of homeless students and provide needed services (e.g. tutoring and/or counseling). Articulate clearly how the district’s homeless liaison will be able to access Title I, Part A, set-aside funds

4 Title I Services for Homeless Students Examples of services that can be provided with Title I Set-Aside funds:  Before-school, after-school, and/or summer programs;  Counseling services;  Outreach efforts to identify children and youth living in homeless situations and help them access school programs;  Basic needs such as clothing, uniforms, school supplies, and health-related needs;  Transportation once the student is permanently housed;  The work of the liaison;  Tutoring services;  Parental involvement programs that make a special effort to reach out to parents in homeless situations;  Research-based programs that benefit highly mobile students; and  Data collection to assess the needs and progress of homeless and other highly mobile students.  Other services that are not ordinarily provided to permanently housed Title I students and are not available from other sources

5 Title I – Required Enrollment Form All Title I districts are required to use an Enrollment Form that identifies families or unaccompanied youth who may be protected by the McKinney-Vento Act. The form must ask specific questions about housing arrangements to determine whether they are permanent or temporary. A sample Enrollment Form is available online at

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8 Review needs and costs involved in serving homeless students in the current year and use those figures to project for the following year. Multiply the number of homeless students by the Title I Part A per pupil allocation. For districts with subgrants, reserve an amount greater than or equal to the McKinney-Vento subgrant funding request. Reserve a percentage based on the district’s poverty level or total Title I Part A allocation. Some Strategies for Determining the Title I Set-Aside Amount

9 Title I Resources “Title I and Homelessness”: A guide with information about how Title I funds can be used to support students who are homeless: Online Training, Homeless Education and Title I: Collaboration and Compliance: Title I Program Narrative: A description of what LEAs must include in their Title I Plan related to students who are homeless: Four Methods for Determining New Mandatory Title I, Part A Set- Aside for Homeless Children, NCLB Compliance Insider:

10 Thank You Patricia McGuirk NYSED Homeless Education Program Manager New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Education


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