Allowable and Strategic Uses of American Rescue Plan – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Funds

In response to many requests for clarification and guidance, we’ve created this quick reference to some of the many allowable uses of ARP-HCY funds.

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American Rescue Plan – Homeless Children and Youth Funds (ARP-HCY) funds are uniquely flexible funds dedicated to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. Eligible uses of funds include “any expenses necessary to facilitate the identification, enrollment, retention, or educational success of homeless children and youth in order to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities.”

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Check out another one of our resources summarizing allowable uses of ARP-HCY funds; providing answers to questions received to date about specific uses; and offering recommendations for strategically using ARP-HCY funds to identify and support children and youth experiencing homelessness. It is updated as additional federal guidance is issued, and as state and local educational agencies continue to use ARP-HCY funds.

Please refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s ARP-HCY page for state award amounts, state plans, and frequently asked questions related to fiscal and programmatic issues. Specific questions can be directed to your state’s McKinney-Vento State Coordinator.

Allowable uses of ARP-HCY funds approved by the U.S. Department of Education include:

In addition, local educational agencies (LEAs) may use funds for any of the sixteen uses permitted by the McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. 11433(d)). These include: