News and Updates


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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Why Florida’s Legislators Should Vote for HB 1577 / SB 1708 — Rebecca’s Testimony

SHC is working with Florida’s Children First, Florida Youth SHINE, and many other young people, educators, and advocates on two bills to help unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness get driver licenses and car insurance, persist in postsecondary education, and access medical care. Read SHC Scholar Rebecca’s testimony about how educators helped her, and how bills before the state legislature could make a difference for other youth experiencing homelessness in Florida.

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