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ARP Homeless Children and Youth Program

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 included an unprecedented $800 million reservation within the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to support the specific and urgent needs of homeless children and youths brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education administered these funds through the ARP Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Fund [ARP section 2001(b)(1)].  ARP-HCY funds are designed to support efforts to identify homeless children and youths, provide them with comprehensive, wrap-around services that address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and allow them to attend school and participate fully in all school activities.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students experiencing homelessness are increasingly under-identified, as learning outside of school building settings likely impeded the critical role of educators and staff in schools and LEAs to properly identify students, and these students have remained underserved by schools, LEAs, and states. New ARP Act funding to support students experiencing homelessness has tremendous potential to expand the systems in states to identify and support the needs of homeless children and youths. 

Allocations to all states can be found at US Department of Education (USDE) ESSER Fund State Allocations Table (PDF).

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