American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Technical Assistance Center
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.
Finger Lakes Regional Training | February 5, 2024
Hudson Valley Regional Training | Feb 7, 2024
North Country Regional Training | February 6, 2024
Long Island Regional Training | Feb 7, 2024
Capital Regional Training | Feb 8, 2024
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!
Strategies for Sustaining ARP-HCY Efforts
Wednesday, March 6, 1PM – 2PM Eastern
As the federal spending deadline approaches for American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth funds LEAs are considering how to sustain programs and initiatives established through this financial source. This webinar will cover strategies for self-assessment regarding sustainability, available funding sources, and practical next steps.
Meeting the Needs of Immigrant and Asylum-Seeking Students with ARP-HCY Funds
Tuesday, March 19, 1PM – 2PM Eastern
With an increase in students arriving to the U.S. from other countries, many local education agencies (LEAs) across New York State have questions about how to best serve newly arrived immigrant and asylum-seeking students experiencing homelessness. This webinar will cover important terminology and context, and provide examples of how LEAs may leverage ARP-HCY funds to support newly arrived immigrant and asylum-seeking students experiencing homelessness.
Getting Acquainted: An Introduction to ARP-HCY and Technical Assistance at SchoolHouse Connection
(Recorded: Sept. 20, 2023)
- Gain a high-level overview of ARP-HCY/ allowable uses
- Understand the many ways SHC can support LEAs across New York in effectively using ARP-HCY
- Grant LEAS across New York an opportunity to meet key SHC staff and share feedback/ input to guide SHC practical assistance
Building and Sustaining CBO Partnerships with ARP-HCY Funds
(Recorded: Oct. 24, 2023)
No single system – whether education, homeless response, housing, workforce development, or public benefits – is able to meet all the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide best practices and resources to build and sustain partnerships with community-based organizations using ARP-HCY and other funding sources.
Store Cards and Strategies: Utilizing ARP-HCY Funds to Support Homeless Students
(Recorded: Nov. 8, 2023)
Purchasing store cards/prepaid debit cards that students or families can use to meet their immediate needs and participate fully in school is an allowable use of ARP-HCY funds. This webinar will cover best practices for ensuring store card purchases are properly managed and tracked. In addition, we will explore how to leverage store cards/ pre-paid debit cards as tools to improve engagement, attendance, and success in school for students experiencing homelessness.
Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness with Wraparound Services and ARP-HCY
(Recorded: Dec. 13, 2023)
Students and families experiencing homelessness have a variety of needs and the provision of wraparound services may be a great way to meet those needs and spend ARP-HCY funds. This webinar will provide examples of wraparound services and provide best practices and resources.
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.
Stay tuned for upcoming practitioner community conversations.
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.