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TO:               Superintendents of Schools

FROM:           Susan Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:            April 24, 2007

RE:                Grants to SAUs for Providing Educational and Related Services for Homeless Students

Request for Proposals

The Maine Department of Education announces the availability of grants under the McKinney –Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) to provide educational and related services for homeless children and youth in schools serving students at public expense.


In accordance with McKinney-Vento Sec.725, the term “Homeless Children and Youths”

"(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence [within the meaning of section 103(a) (1)] and

(B) Includes-

  1. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  2. children and youths who 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 [within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)];
  3. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  4. migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii)."



The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless grants to SAUs is to ensure that homeless children and youth gain access to a free and appropriate public education. The McKinney-Vento grants program provides direct services to homeless students to enable them to enroll in, attend, and achieve success in school, and to meet Maine’s system of Learning Results.


  1. For School Year 2007-2008, the available funds for these grants are $150,000.

  2. For School Years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, funding is subject to continued federal funding.

  3. Eligibility:  Maine School Administrative Units (SAUs) or multiple units applying with one application.

  4. The grant project is for three years (August 31, 2007 to June 30, 2010).

  5. The estimated number of grant awards statewide is (3).
  6. Program Grants:  Three (3) grant awards of up to $50,000 each, per year, with renewal in years two and three subject to continued federal funding and at the sole discretion of the Maine Department of Education.  Program grants are for the purpose of creating major homeless child and youth initiatives.

  7. An in-kind and/or local match of 20% of the total project costs will be required for program grants.
  8. Application Deadline: May 31, 2007.
  9. A signed original and five photocopies of the completed application must be submitted to Purchases, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333 by 5:00 pm, May 31, 2007. Faxed, e-mailed, or late responses to the RFP will not be considered.

For application information, please contact:

Shelley Reed
Federal Systems Team
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0023
FAX (207) 624-6789

Written questions concerning the RFP must be received on or before May 1, 2007.  The written answers and questions will be posted on the DOE website at the following address: ( ).


McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Federal Grant Award CFDA # 84.196



Proposals will be rated on need and quality of the proposal, including:

  1. The applicant’s needs assessment and the likelihood that the program proposed will meet such needs;

  2. The extent to which the SAU’s grant funds and local matching funds will be used to facilitate the enrollment, retention and educational success of homeless students in achieving Maine’s system of Learning Results;

  3. The extent to which the applicant’s proposal identifies a plan for continuous coordination with local services and agencies serving homeless students;

  4. The extent to which the applicant exhibits, in the application and in current practice, a commitment to education of all homeless children and youth through the integration of homeless children and youth within regular education programs;

  5.  Involvement of parents and guardians in the education of their children;

  6. The commitment and capacity of the applicant to seek funds to continue services to homeless students beyond year two of the project; and

  7. Quality of the evaluation plan.

* Please see the specific criteria for rating included in Appendix D of the application package.