American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Technical Assistance Center

SchoolHouse Connection is partnering with New York State to provide practical assistance to LEAs throughout New York. Our goal is to help LEAs effectively utilize ARP-HCY funds and other available funding sources to address the academic, social-emotional, and mental health needs of students who are experiencing homelessness.

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A bipartisan amendment to the American Rescue Plan Act provided an historic $800 million to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. American Rescue Plan – Homeless Children and Youth, or ARP-HCY funds are one-time funds that must be obligated by September 30, 2024, and fully expended and drawn down by the project period liquidation deadline of October 30, 2024. Learn more about New York’s ARP-HCY funding here.

Spring 2024 Regional Training Replays

The purpose of these regional trainings is to help LEAs understand the trends in the identification of students experiencing homelessness in their communities since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, these trainings provide guidance and resources on how to leverage American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds to improve their identification, enrollment, and overall academic support for students experiencing homelessness.

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Throughout the 2023-2024 school year, we will host a series of webinars on topics ranging from allowable uses of ARP-HCY funds, how to access and leverage multiple funding sources, best practices, creating and maintaining partnerships with community based organizations and more!

Archived Webinars

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Practitioner Community Conversations

Throughout the 2023-2024 school year, we will provide opportunities for LEAs to learn from colleagues across the state. These shared learning communities are designed to discuss challenge, receive feedback, and potential solutions on issues in your community as they relate to students and families experiencing homelessness.


Wednesday, June 5, 2PM Eastern

SchoolHouse Connection and staff from The New York State Education Department’s Office of ESSA Funded Programs will be hosting ARP-HCY office hours. This is an opportunity to ask any questions about ARP-HCY funds including allowable uses, making programmatic or budgetary changes to existing ARP-HCY plans, and planning for the September 30th, 2024 obligation deadline.

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On-Demand Technical Support

Do you have questions about ARP-HCY? Send us and email! For all other questions related to the McKinney-Vento Act and the rights of students experiencing homelessness, please contact the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS).

Meet the Team

SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education. We provide strategic advocacy and practical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. 

Pearl Strategies (Pearl) is a small, woman-owned education and human services consulting firm based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Pearl provides services to small, medium, and large publicly funded agencies and privately funded organizations focused on the design, delivery, and evaluation of education and human services. Pearl primarily supports the homeless education sector and its human service partners — including child welfare, housing, homeless response, and workforce development — with the goals of strengthening single-program and single-system design and function, school-community partnerships, and client-level outcomes.