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Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY)

New Resources for the Reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Act

The reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) goes into effect on October 1, 2016. Please see the following resources and visit the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) ESSA page and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) ESSA page for more information. 


The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Homeless children and unaccompanied youth must have access to public school educational programs and services that allow them to meet the same challenging state academic standards to which all students are held.

Program Elements

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  • Designate a homeless liaison in each school district.
  • Identify and immediately enroll any homeless child or youth (preschool to grade 12), even without academic or medical records.
  • Continue children or youths in their "school of origin" for the duration of their homelessness.
  • Inform parents/guardians of the educational rights of their children.
  • Provide transportation, at the request of the parent, to the school of origin.
  • Ensure no barriers exist (for example, residency requirements, lack of transportation or school fees) for full educational participation.
  • Develop partnerships with community agencies to identify and assist with basic services for homeless families, children, and youth.
  • Ensure homeless students are not segregated or stigmatized.

Complaint Procedure

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Complaints regarding school enrollment or selection should follow the local district's dispute resolution process. If unsuccessful, a parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth who is homeless may send complaints to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI, 53707-7841. Complaints involving homeless issues follow Chapter PI 1.

Guidance from U.S. Department of Education: Use of Title I funds to provide services to homeless children and youth

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Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

On December 16, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83), the omnibus funding bill for FY 2015. Under H.R. 83, the policy changes regarding the use of Title I, Part A funding to support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness first enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 were reauthorized, as follows:

"...Provided further, That funds available under sections 1124, 1124A, 1125 and 1125A of the ESEA may be used to provide homeless children and youths with services not ordinarily provided to other students under those sections, including supporting the liaison designated pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(ii) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and providing transportation pursuant to section 722(g)(1)(J)(iii) of such Act..."

Title III, Education for the Disadvantaged

H.R. 83 governs the spending of FY 2015 dollars, which are available from July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015.

Legislation: download the full text of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.

Letter to States from the U.S. Department of Education


For questions about this information, please contact our State EHCY Coordinator Kristine Nadolski at (608) 267-7338.