Newsletter (January 23, 2024)

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The American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds to support children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness must be obligated by September 30, 2024 and spent by January 31, 2025.

State education agencies are prohibited from moving up the ARP-HCY obligation date earlier than September 2024. Yet the eight-month runway for obligating funds is creating challenges for many school districts. This means all hands on deck!

In this newsletter, we will:

  • Share resources and January’s special webinars with examples for utilizing ARP-HCY funds – stay tuned for more in February.
  • Remind you of our invitation to join the “SHC Community” on Slack, where you can collaborate and share information with peers, exchange ideas, and receive support to maximize the impact of the ARP-HCY funds.
  • Share some powerful news coverage about how ARP-HCY funds are benefiting communities nationwide.

Use these updated resources to serve students with ARP-HCY!

Upcoming January ARP-HCY webinars:

Title: Partnering with School Business Officers and Homeless Liaisons on ARP-HCY Funds

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern 

In this webinar, get tips for how school business officers and school district homeless liaisons can work together to spend ARP-HCY funds and how to address common concerns. Presenters also will share how ARP-HCY funds have been used flexibly with appropriate controls in place.

Title: Evicting Children: How Babies Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Housing Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 4:15 PM Eastern 

This webinar will review new findings from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study and examine its implications for policies and practices to stabilize children, youth, and families. In addition, we’ll learn from practitioners about efforts to prevent evictions among families and respond to the needs of all family members when evictions do occur, including how one school district is using ARP-HCY funds for this purpose. 

Connect, Share, and Collaborate on ARP-HCY through Slack

In SHC’s recent national survey of school district homeless liaisons, 40% of school district homeless liaisons stated it would be helpful to review examples and tools from other LEAs that have been able to spend ARP-HCY funds to meet needs; 25% want sample MOUs and contracts that can be adopted for their needs; and 19% want assistance identifying local community-based organizations with which to subcontract with ARP-HCY funds.

SHC’s newly launched Community on Slack – a dynamic, interactive platform – was designed to bring our community together to help with peer-to-peer sharing. Take a look at the various ARP-HCY channels to exchange ideas, strategies, and success stories with peers across the country.

ARP-HCY in the News:

  • ‘Saving grace’: TUSD now offers emergency housing for homeless families (Arizona Daily Star)
    “Our goal is to make sure we can give them the resources that they need during this temporary time of transition… being unsheltered or homeless does not just affect one person. It affects families. It affects our community,” said Kinasha Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness (EDI), Tucson Unified School District.
  • Schools may lose access to emergency hotel stays, a critical strategy to help homeless students (Chalkbeat)
    “Many shelters and housing resources cater to single adults, so it can be “transformative” when schools can find housing for families, said Barbara Duffield, the executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of homeless youth. “It’s a critical intervention at this moment,” she said.
  • To help homeless students, more schools hire staff to offer housing help (Chalkbeat)
    In this article, Latoya Singley shares her struggle with eviction and homelessness, highlighting the significant role Cincinnati Public Schools played in helping her find shelter and support for her autistic son. Megan Rahill, a housing specialist at the school, is instrumental in providing urgent assistance to families like Singley’s. The article underscores the increasing involvement of schools in addressing student homelessness and the challenges of sustaining such services without continued funding.

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