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ARP-HCY State Set-Aside Checklist

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, known as American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth Funds (ARP-HCY), were released in two phases. The purpose of this checklist is to help guide state decisions in allocating and using state set-aside ARP-HCY funds to best meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Meeting the Transportation Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness in the Pandemic and Beyond

SchoolHouse Connection has compiled the following considerations, strategies, and examples for school district liaisons, transportation coordinators, and others working to support students experiencing homelessness in the pandemic and beyond. We will update this living document with additional strategies and examples that emerge from best practice and federal guidance.

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The FAFSA Simplification Act: Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Youth with Experience in Foster Care

The FAFSA Simplification Act (enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and updated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022) aims to remove many of the barriers faced by youth experiencing homelessness or with experience in foster care. The new provisions for homeless and foster youth should go into effect for the 2023-2024 award year, and be reflected on the new FAFSA on October 1, 2022. Here's a summary of the changes.

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Working in Consortia to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness with ARP-HCY Funds

Local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive less than $5,000 for their American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth 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, this checklist will support your work to form, lead, and implement a consortium grant.

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

This document summarizes allowable uses of ARP-HCY funds; provides answers to questions received to date about specific uses; and offers recommendations for strategically using ARP-HCY funds to identify and support children and youth experiencing homelessness. This is a living document that will be updated as additional federal guidance is issued, and as state and local educational agencies continue to use ARP-HCY funds.

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Tax Credits

This tax season, qualifying youth experiencing homelessness and youth from foster care are eligible for up to $1,502 in a tax refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Center on Law and Social Policy, First Focus, John Burton Advocates for Youth, SchoolHouse Connection, and Youth Law Center have partnered on a FAQ that provides basic information for young adults with experience in foster care or homelessness about the benefits of filing federal taxes.

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Help Homeless and Foster Youth Get Up to $1,502 in Tax Refunds in 2022

This tax season, there are special rules for homeless and foster youth that were achieved through the American Rescue Plan Act, and the tremendous leadership of U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL). Qualifying youth experiencing homelessness and youth from foster care who are at least 18 years old are eligible for a $1,502 tax refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), even if they are full-time students. This is a departure from previous tax years, and of special importance to vulnerable youth who are still in high school or pursuing higher education.

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