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20+ Organizations Unite to Urge Education Secretary for Updated Guidance on ARP-HCY

More than twenty organizations joined SchoolHouse Connection in signing a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona requesting updated guidance on the flexible use of American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds to support the school identification, enrollment, and participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Flexing the Flexibility of ARP-HCY Funding Series: Making the Most of Federal Relief Dollars to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness

This series highlights some specific uses of ARP-HCY funds; explains why these uses may be beneficial for students experiencing homelessness; provides strategies to address common concerns; and highlights how some school districts are using ARP-HCY funds for these purposes.

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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

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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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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