Title I LEA Plan for Homeless Students
Consolidated Application Update
LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY (LEA)
PROGRAM NARRATIVE 2013-2014 YEAR
Title I LEA Plan for Homeless Students
Items 1, 2 and 3 must be completed by all LEAs that receive Title I funds.
*Note: If the LEA has non-Title I schools, a reserve must be included in the Title I FS-10 for services for students who are homeless. Even if no children or unaccompanied youth are currently identified, as homeless a reserve should be included for children experiencing homelessness who may enroll during the school year.
- If the LEA has non-Title I schools, it must include the amount of the set-aside in the narrative and how it was determined. For information about possible methods for determining the set-aside, see http://www.nysteachs.org/media/INF_Fed_TitleI_SetAside_QA.pdf. Also with passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Title I Part A and set-aside funds may now be used to cover the cost of the salary for the McKinney-Vento liaison even if that person has no Title I duties; and transporting students in temporary housing to and from their school of origin. Title I funds may not, however, be used to pay for transportation expenses that are reimbursed by the State. This Guidance is located at: http://nysteachs.org/media/Title_I_ExpansionMVSet-AsideFunds6-30-2014.pdf
The LEA should also describe the services the LEA will provide children and unaccompanied youth who are homeless, including services provided with funds reserved under section 1113(c)(3)(A) of Title I. These services should include the mandated duties of the homeless liaisons, Section 722(g)(6)(A) of the McKinney Vento Act, available here: http://nysteachs.org/media/INF_LP_Fed_MV.pdf . The funds reserved for children and unaccompanied youth who are homeless may be used to provide educationally related support services to children and unaccompanied youth in shelters and other locations where they may live.
2. The LEA must include a copy of their enrollment form/residency questionnaire which must ask the living arrangements of the child or unaccompanied youth, including asking if they are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; with relatives or others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; shelters; cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; are abandoned in hospitals or are awaiting foster care placement; or have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings. This includes migratory children living in circumstances described above. A sample enrollment form may be found at the website: http://www.nysteachs.org/media/INF_SED_EnrollForm_ResQuest.doc. A copy of the LEA’s enrollment form must also be kept on file.
3. If an LEA states that there are no children or unaccompanied youth who are homeless the LEA must describe the efforts being made to identify children and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, and must:
- Submit documentation of the LEA’s efforts to identify children and unaccompanied youth who are homeless by contacting the local Department of Social Services (DSS) and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Regional Offices to verify that there are no children or unaccompanied youth who are homeless in the LEA. Documentation of the LEA’s efforts to identify children and unaccompanied youth who are homeless must be maintained on file and available for inspection upon request.
The following sites provide contact information to help identify children and unaccompanied youth who are homeless.
- Contact information for local Departments of Social Services may be found at the website: www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/ldss.htm
- Contact information for OCFS Regional Offices may be found at the website: www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/regionaloffices_main.asp
- Contact information for local Youth Bureau Runaway & Homeless Services Coordinators for your county may be found at the website: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/youth/rhydirectory.asp
The LEA must answer Item # 11 of the Title I LEA Plan. Note: If a student with a disability transfers to the district where the family is temporarily residing, also known as the district of current location, the district of current location must, without delay, provide such student with a free appropriate public education, including services comparable to those described in the previously held IEP, in consultation with the parents, until such time as the district of current location adopts the current IEP or develops, adopts and implements a new IEP that is consistent with federal and State law and regulation. (8 NYCRR § 200.4[e]). Comparable services include any special transportation listed on the IEP.
If there are questions, contact Maxine Meadows-Shuford, Supervisor, Title I School and Community Services or Melanie Faby, Program Associate, at CONAPPTA@NYSED.GOV or (518) 473-0295.