The American Rescue Plan Act provided $800 million in funding specifically dedicated to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. These funds are known as American Rescue Plan – Homeless Children and Youth Funds (ARP-HCY).
Local educational agencies (LEAs) who receive less than $5,000 for their ARP-HCY II allocation may form a consortium with other LEAs. State Coordinators, LEAs, and regional agencies all have a role to play in strategically forming consortia and ensuring that funds are targeted to meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness. While the idea of forming a consortium may seem like a daunting task, the following considerations and ideas will support your work to form, lead, and implement a consortium grant.