at Advocates for Children
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
NYS-TEACHS provides technical assistance to school districts, social service providers, shelters, families, youth and others about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [PDF]. Our services include:
- A Toll Free Helpline for questions about school-related issues (800-388-2014);
- On-site trainings, webinars, and annual McKinney-Vento Workshops on the education of students in temporary housing; and
- Free Posters and Brochures in multiple languages with information about the rights of students in temporary housing.
Frequently Used Links:
New and Noteworthy
NEW! Field Memo: Consolidated Appropriations Act and Expansion of Allowable Use of Title I Part A and Set-aside Funds for Students in Temporary Housing [PDF]
This June 30, 2014 Field Memo from the New York State Education Department describes how starting with the 2014-15 school year, school districts are permitted to use Title I funds to cover the cost of the salary for the McKinney-Vento liaison even if that person has no Title I duties and the cost of transporting students in temporary housing to and from their school of origin.
This June 2014 memo (USDA Memo SP 51-2014)clarifies that LEAs may consider the effective date of eligibility for free school meal or milk benefits for students in temporary housing to be the date on which documentation of eligibility is received. It also clarifies that LEAs may refund any money paid by the student or forgive any debt for meals or milk from the free meal eligibility effective date through the date the direct certification is actually implemented at the school.
Any student experiencing homelessness who is required to attend summer school to advance to the next grade, or to graduate on time with his or her peers, must be provided the opportunity to do so. This memo discusses access to summer school, payment of summer school fees, and transportation to summer school for students in temporary housing.
During the 2013-2014 school year, NYS-TEACHS and the State Education Department presented 5 McKinney-Vento Workshops across New York State. Click the link above for archived materials from these workshops.
The Food and Nutrition Service issued this policy memo (USDA Memo SP 11-2014) on December 3, 2013. It establishes a new policy that allows LEAs (school districts, BOCES, and charter schools) to establish the date of submission of a school meal application as the effective date of eligibility, rather than the date a school official approves the application. This applies to household income applications, as well as when schools are waiting for documentation of other source categorical eligibility (e.g., for homeless or migrant children) indicated on a household application. This policy will improve access to school meals for low-income children by allowing them to access free or reduced-price school meals during the eligibility determination period. It also could assist LEAs that are experiencing challenges with unpaid debt.
September 2013 NYSED Homeless Guidance for Permanent Placement / McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Tuition Reimbursement
This September 26, 2013, Field Memo from the NY State Education Department clarifies when a school district can receive additional state aid for instruction (also sometimes referred to as tuition reimbursement) for the cost of educating a student in temporary housing and how to request such aid.
This June 28, 2013 guidance outlines the responsibility of districts to set aside or reserve a portion of their Title I funding for students in temporary housing, offers formulas for determining the set-aside amount, and describes ways in which set-aside funding may be used.
June 2013 Unaccompanied Youth Issue Brief [PDF]
This brief from NCHE explains the rights of unaccompanied youth and what homeless liaisons can do to help.
This Field Memo answers common questions related to how McKinney-Vento applies to Charter Schools including: how to determine which school district pays the charter school tuition, who provides transportation, and reimbursement.