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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant for McKinney-Vento Program

News Release                                                              

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2021

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant for McKinney-Vento Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to support students and families experiencing homelessness.

The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a U.S. federal law related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act was reauthorized in December 2015 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The school system received $115,387 to be used over the next three years to provide individualized after-school tutoring as well as expand the students in transition summer programming. The summer programming provides academic enrichment and social-emotional learning opportunities for students during the month of June. The funds will also be used to provide take-home learning materials.

The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan – Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund.

A homeless student is defined as a child or youth lacking a fixed, permanent, and adequate nighttime residence. Those include:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship,
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds,
  • Living in transitional housing or emergency shelters,
  • Living in places not designed or intended for sleeping,
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus stations, etc.,
  • Unaccompanied youth living in the above situation and not in the custody of a parent or guardian.

Each year, Grand Forks Public Schools educates 120-150 students experiencing homelessness.

The grant was written by Sara Munson, social worker and homeless liaison, and Taunya Schleicher, grant writer.