Education for Homeless Children and Youth
Note: Recipients and funding amounts are subject to budget and administrative adjustments.
Federal Maintenance of Effort Requirement
Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Section723(b)(3), requires that an application for grant funding under the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program shall include a maintenance of effort (MOE) assurance. The MOE requires that a local educational agency’s (LEA) expenditures for public education paid from state and local funds for the preceding fiscal year, in the aggregate or on a per-pupil basis, are not less than 90 percent of the expenditures for the second preceding fiscal year. The California Department of Education’s School Fiscal Services Division (SFSD) annually calculates MOE for all LEAs in the state and notifies each LEA whether it has passed or failed MOE. To verify compliance applicable to 2014–15 funding, the SFSD compared the MOE expenditures for 2012–13 with those for 2011–12, in the aggregate and on a per pupil basis.
The Office of the General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Education clarified that an LEA that fails MOE for a fiscal year loses its EHCY grant eligibility for the same year. For example, if an LEA fails the MOE calculation for funding year 2014–15, the LEA cannot receive a 2014–15 EHCY grant award. However, if an LEA passes MOE in a subsequent fiscal year and is otherwise eligible for an EHCY grant, the LEA may receive an EHCY grant award the same fiscal year in which it passed MOE. Please note that there are no available waivers that would allow an LEA that fails MOE to continue to receive EHCY grant funds during the affected fiscal year.
Program Questions: Leanne Wheeler, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 916-319-0383
Fiscal Questions: Pat Boncella, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. 916-319-0384