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Full Text of HB5407  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Michelle Mussman

Filed: 4/1/2024





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5407 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Education for Homeless Children Act is
5amended by changing Section 1-50 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 45/1-50)
7    Sec. 1-50. Education of Homeless Children and Youth State
8Grant Program.
9    (a) It is the purpose and intent of this Section to
10establish a State grant program that parallels and
11supplements, but operates independently of, the federal grant
12program allocating funds for assistance under Subtitle B of
13Title VII of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
14Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) and to establish a State grant
15program to support school districts throughout this State in
16facilitating the enrollment, attendance, and success of



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1homeless children and youth.
2    (b) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education
3shall award competitive grants under an Education of Homeless
4Children and Youth State Grant Program to applicant school
5districts based on the percentage of students experiencing
6homelessness in an applicant school district in accordance
7with this Section. Services provided by school districts
8through the use of grant funds may not replace the regular
9academic program and must be designed to expand upon or
10improve services provided for homeless students as part of the
11school's regular academic program.
12    (c) A school district that desires to receive a grant
13under this Section shall submit an application to the State
14Board of Education at such time, in such manner, and
15containing or accompanied by such information as the State
16Board of Education may reasonably require.
17    (d) To award grants Grants must be awarded on the basis of
18the need of the school district for assistance under this
19Section, the State Board of Education may consider all of the
20following: and the quality of the applications submitted.
21        (1) In determining need under this subsection (d), the
22    State Board of Education may consider the number of
23    homeless children and youths enrolled in preschool,
24    elementary school, and secondary school within the school
25    district and shall consider the needs of such children and
26    youths and the ability of the district to meet such needs.



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1    The State Board of Education may also consider the
2    following:
3            (A) (Blank). The extent to which the proposed use
4        of funds will facilitate the enrollment, retention,
5        and educational success of homeless children and
6        youths.
7            (B) (Blank). The extent to which the application
8        (i) reflects coordination with other local and State
9        agencies that serve homeless children and youths and
10        (ii) describes how the applicant will meet the
11        requirements of this Act and the federal
12        McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance
13        Improvements Act of 2001.
14            (C) The extent to which the applicant exhibits in
15        the application and in current practice a commitment
16        to education for all homeless children and youths.
17            (D) Such other criteria as the State Board
18        determines is appropriate.
19        (2) In determining the quality of applications under
20    this subsection (d), the State Board of Education shall
21    consider the following:
22            (A) The applicant's assessment of needs and the
23        likelihood that the services presented in the
24        application will meet such needs.
25            (B) The types, intensity, and coordination of the
26        services to be provided.



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1            (C) The involvement of parents or guardians of
2        homeless children or youths in the education of these
3        children.
4            (D) The extent to which homeless children and
5        youths are effectively integrated within the regular
6        education program.
7            (E) The quality of the applicant's evaluation plan
8        for the services.
9            (F) The extent to which services provided will be
10        coordinated with other services available to homeless
11        children and youths and their families.
12            (G) Such other measures as the State Board
13        considers indicative of high-quality services, such as
14        the extent to which the school district will provide
15        case management or related services to unaccompanied
16        youths.
17    (e) Grants awarded under this Section shall be for terms
18not to exceed 3 years, but are subject to annual appropriation
19for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant
20Program. School districts shall use funds awarded under this
21Section only for those activities set forth in Section 723(d)
22of Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless
23Assistance Act of 1987 (42 U.S.C. 11433(d)).
24    Activities eligible for assistance under this Section may
25include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
26        (1) Rental assistance, which shall include utilities,



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1    security and utility deposits, first and last month's
2    rent, rental application fees, moving expenses, and any
3    other eligible expenses to be determined by the State
4    Board.
5        (2) Transportation assistance, including school bus
6    transportation, public transportation passes, and gasoline
7    assistance for a student or family with a vehicle or to a
8    family member with a vehicle who can transport the
9    student.
10        (3) Emergency shelter, including temporary hotel
11    stays.
12        (4) Housing stability case management and housing
13    locator services.
14        (5) Other collaborative housing strategies, including
15    prevention and strength-based safety and housing
16    approaches, including, but not limited to, school
17    supplies, clothing, academic enrichment, tutoring, and
18    parental involvement programs.
19        (6) Activities set forth in Section 723(d) of Subtitle
20    B of Title VII of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless
21    Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11433(d)).
22    (f) The State Board of Education may use up to 25% 5% of
23the funds appropriated for the purposes of this Section for
24administrative costs, including the hiring of positions for
25the implementation and administration of the grant program,
26provided that if no appropriation is made to the State Board of



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1Education for a given fiscal year for the purposes of the grant
2program, then the State Board of Education is not required to
3make any expenditures in support of the program during that
4fiscal year.
5(Source: P.A. 96-1229, eff. 1-1-11.)".