Webinar Date: September 26, 2023

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness with American Rescue Plan Funds

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In the wake of the pandemic—and in the midst of the current housing, addiction, and student mental health crises—schools and communities face unprecedented challenges. While often hidden, homelessness among children and youth is a significant factor contributing to declines in school enrollment, increases in chronic absence, and deepening student mental health struggles.

American Rescue Plan–Homeless Children and Youth (ARP–HCY) funds are one-time funds that can help meet this moment. ARP–HCY funds are uniquely flexible funds to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. They must be obligated by September 30, 2024 and spent by January 31, 2025.

During the webinar, SchoolHouse Connection and the Learning Policy Institute presented key findings from their study, which focused on the allocation of federal and state education funding for students experiencing homelessness. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from school district liaisons and administrators who shared insights on how they are utilizing these one-time funds to enhance the well-being of students facing homelessness. This included initiatives to tackle chronic absenteeism, address mental health challenges, and meet other pressing needs to improve overall outcomes for these students.


  • Barbara Duffield – Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Erin Patterson – Director of Education Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Daniel Espinoza – Researcher and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jessica Tremble – Supervisor of Counseling & Student Services K-8, Clifton Public Schools (NJ)
  • Quentina Brown, RSW – Homeless Liaison/Foster Care (POC)/Neglected & Delinquent Coordinator, Lafourche Parish School Board, LA