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Federal funding is available to help serve students who are homeless through the State Education Department's Homeless Education Program in the form of competitive grants to LEAs (School Districts, Charter Schools, and BOCES). The program awards competitive, three-year grants to LEAs to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and academic success of homeless children and youth. Grant awards are needs-based, and take into account the number of children and youth who are homeless and enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary schools within the LEA or Consortium of LEAs. Examples of services that may be provided using subgrant funds include:

  • Tutoring;
  • Expedited evaluations;
  • Professional development to raise awareness and sensitivity to the needs of homeless children and youths;
  • Referral services for medical, dental, mental, and other health services;
  • Transportation;
  • Early childhood education programs;
  • Services to attract, engage, and retain homeless children and youth in school;
  • Before- and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs;
  • Payment of fees associated with obtaining records;
  • Training for parents of homeless children and youths about the rights of, and resources available to their children;
  • Coordination activities between schools and agencies providing services to homeless children and youths;
  • Violence prevention counseling and other pupil services;
  • Activities to address the particular needs of homeless children and youths that may arise from domestic violence;
  • Adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for any nonschool facilities to provide services using subgrant funds;
  • School supplies; and
  • Extraordinary or emergency assistance needed to enable homeless children and youths to attend school.

For a more complete description of these activities, please see section 11433(d) of the McKinney-Vento Act. Grant funds may also be used to provide other activities not listed above. For more information about allowable activities, please contact the Homeless Education Program at the State Education Department at (518) 473-0295.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the McKinney-Vento Grant Program.

Request for Proposals (RFP) and Programming Resources

SIRS Data on Student Homelessness - 3 Year Summary

This spreadsheet contains data on the number of students who experienced homelessness at any point in the school years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15. The data were collected by the New York State Education Department in the Student Information Repository System (SIRS) and reflect students enrolled in New York State School Districts and New York State Charter Schools.

Educating Homeless Children and Youth: Conducting Needs Assessments and Evaluating Services A Guide for SEAs, LEAs, and Local Schools [Word doc]

It is strongly recommended that applicants for the McKinney-Vento Grant conduct a needs assessment before crafting their potential programming. This NCHE publication provides a three-tiered approach to conducting comprehensive needs assessments and program evaluations to strengthen homeless education programs. It includes a comprehensive set of tools that will be useful in assisting LEAs in collecting the data needed to inform program decisions at the local level.

McKinney-Vento Data Standards and Indicators - 2006 Revisions [Word doc]

This resource from the National Center for Homeless Education provides an updated version of the original five Standards and Indicators for Quality McKinney-Vento Programs developed in 2000. Reflecting provisions in the reauthorized McKinney-Vento Act and five years of effective practice, the revision includes 10 standards and proposed indicators that are comprehensive and quantifiable. Also included is a guide for developing program benchmarks.

McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients


Current Grantees

2016-19 NYS McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients [Excel]

This spreadsheet lists the school districts and BOCES awarded grants for the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 school years. The spreadsheet includes the annual awards (i.e. the amount a school district or BOCES received in each of the three years) and the districts to be served by each grant.


Previous Grant Cycles

2013-16 NYS McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients [Excel]

This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded grants for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years. The spreadsheet includes the annual awards (i.e. the amount a school district or BOCES received in each of the three years) and the districts to be served by each grant.

2011-13 NYS McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients [Excel]

This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded McKinney-Vento grants for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. The spreadsheet includes the annual awards (i.e. the amount a school district or BOCES received in each of the two years) and the districts to be served by each grant.

2011 NYS McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients [Excel]

This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded McKinney-Vento grants for January 1-June 30,2011, and the districts to be served by each grant.

2007-2010 NYS McKinney-Vento Grant Recipients [Excel]

This spreadsheet details the school districts and BOCES awarded McKinney-Vento grants for the 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10 school years. The spreadsheet includes the annual awards (i.e. the amount a school district or BOCES received in each of the three years) and the districts to be served by each grant.

Laws and Guidance

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Reauthorized by Title IX Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act [PDF]

This document is the full text of the federal law reauthorizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education ASsistance Act. The McKinney-VEnto Act was reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which went into effect on October 1, 2016. The subgrant process and activities that may be provided using grant money is discussed in section 11433.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance [PDF]

On March 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new Non-Regulatory Guidance for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. This revised Non-Regulatory Guidance for the McKinney-Vento program replaces the July 2016 Guidance and includes new questions about the amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which took effect on October 1, 2016, and new technical assistance on promising practices for implementing homeless education requirements at the State and local levels.

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