Stimulus Program Funds for Education


McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in the U.S.

Objective: Address the educational needs of homeless children and youth
Amount Available: $70 Million
Who's Eligible: States with pass throughs to LEAs
How and When: Formula funds were awarded to SEAs on April 10, 2009. SEAs have until August 8, 2009 to award these amounts to LEAs. The LEA application deadline: July 10, 2009.
The ARRA provides $70 million in fiscal year 2009 funds as a one-time source of financial support that supplements the McKinney-Vento funds made available under the regular fiscal year 2009 appropriation.

Of the $70 million in McKinney-Vento ARRA funds, the Department will award a total of 0.1 percent to the Outlying Areas (the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and 1 percent to the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for programs for homeless Indian students.

The Department will allocate the remaining amount to States based on percentage of homeless students identified in each state during the 2007-2008 school years.

An LEA may use McKinney-Vento ARRA funds to assist homeless children and youth in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. In particular, the funds may support any of the activities authorized under section 723(d) of the McKinney-Vento Act, including the following:

  • Supplemental educational services, such as tutoring and other academic enrichment programs;
  • Expedited evaluations for various educational services;
  • Professional development activities for educators and pupil services personnel working with homeless students;
  • Payment of fees and costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records of homeless children and youth;
  • Education and training for parents of homeless children and youth about rights and resources;
  • Adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for non-school facilities to provide the services listed above;
  • Provision of school supplies, including those to be distributed at shelters or other appropriate locations.

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