Focus Area

American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY)

A bipartisan amendment to the American Rescue Plan Act provided an historic $800 million to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services.

ARP-HCY Funds in Action

“We created a program where the mom received a prepaid card for gas every week. She would come every Monday, and I would give her a prepaid card. She would submit the receipts to me indicating that the card was used for gas. In addition, we would also give her food cards because sometimes she wasn’t getting enough food for the children.” -Maritza Cabezas, Counselor on Special Assignment, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
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Slack is a collaborative platform for resource sharing and inspiration. A national survey revealed that nearly 40% of school district homeless liaisons find examples and tools from other LEAs helpful. SHC’s Slack Community fosters this exact kind of information exchange to support local efforts.
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In the wake of the pandemic – and in the midst of the current housing, addiction, and mental health crises – schools and communities face unprecedented challenges. While often hidden, homelessness among children and youth is a significant factor contributing to declines in school enrollment, chronic absence, and student mental health struggles.

American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth, or ARP-HCY funds, are one-time funds that can help meet this moment. ARP-HCY funds are uniquely flexible funds to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. They must be obligated by September 30, 2024 and spent by January 31, 2025.

SchoolHouse Connection has compiled resources below to help state and local educational agencies make the most of this historic opportunity to serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable students.

ARP-HCY Resources

This tab contains examples of forms, agreements, and other resources that support the use of ARP-HCY funds for students experiencing homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection is very grateful to the school districts and agencies who have agreed to share these adaptable, “plug and play” resources with their peers. Being listed on this page does not imply endorsement of a particular vendor. If you have a sample form, agreement, or other resource you’d be willing to share, please email info@schoolhouseconnection.org.

Sample forms for Store Cards
Sample forms for Gas Cards
Sample MOUs/Agreements for Motels
Sample MOUs/Agreements with Community Based Organizations
Sample Forms for Transition from High School to Postsecondary
Sample Forms for Early Childhood
Sample Forms for Wraparound Services

In Washington Court House City Schools, mentors utilize Google Sheets to effectively monitor their mentees’ needs, along with their families.’ These sheets record various aspects such as goals, attendance, grades, and communications with parents or guardians. Additionally, the McKinney-Vento liaison uses them to keep track of referrals to community partners. In cases where a family has multiple students, all mentors can access a single sheet for that family, enabling seamless collaboration between mentors and the liaison in supporting the whole family. This tracking method is pivotal in evaluating the outcomes and success of the mentoring program.

ARP-HCY Videos

All of our videos on ARP-HCY can easily be found in this playlist! Explore past webinars, ideas for approaches and spending, conversations with leaders and advocates, and highlights of numerous resources to help state and local educational agencies make the most of their American Rescue Plan funds. 

Be sure to click this icon in the upper-right corner of the video player for the full library!