Department of Education Releases $600 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

Department of Education Releases $600 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

July 28, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) today released nearly $600 million in funding under the American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) program to support students experiencing homelessness. In April, the Department released the first $200 million of the $800 million in ARP-HCY funds to states. Following the Department’s approval of state applications today, distribution of all of the remaining funds will give states and school districts access to this critical funding before the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

“Even before the coronavirus pandemic highlighted and exacerbated inequities in America’s education system, students experiencing homelessness faced numerous challenges as they strove to learn and achieve in school each day. Amid COVID-19 and the transition to remote and hybrid learning, for so many students, these challenges intensified. As a nation, we must do everything we can to ensure that all students—including students experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity—are able to access an excellent education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I am thrilled that all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico now will be able to use these funds from the American Rescue Plan to support students’ success in the new school year and ensure they are connected to vital services and supports.”

The additional ARP-HCY funding distributed today will be used by states and school districts to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness. States can provide wraparound services in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to enable children and youth experiencing homelessness participate fully in school activities, consistent with the McKinney-Vento Act, which is the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

Today’s announcement follows the Department’s review and approval of each state’s streamlined application to access the remaining ARP-HCY funds. States may use up to 25 percent of their funds for state-determined uses and, as the result of a rule published by the Department on July 9, states will award at least 75 percent of the state’s funding to school districts through formula subgrants, determined in part by a district’s population of children and youth experiencing homelessness and a district’s Title I-A allocation. Accordingly, districts will not have to compete for these funds, so these funds will reach districts that may not have accessed previous federal funding designated for students experiencing homelessness. This will make it possible for this funding to reach more students experiencing homelessness and for states and districts to access funding more quickly.

“Every single student deserves a safe place to call home, but for millions of students experiencing homelessness that is not the case—and during this pandemic these students faced truly unthinkable challenges,” said Sen. Patty Murray. “It’s critical that we identify students experiencing homelessness and get them the resources and support they need to thrive—and that’s exactly what this funding will help do. I’m so proud to have fought to include this critical funding in the American Rescue Plan, and I’m glad to see the Department of Education acting quickly to get these funds to our schools and communities in need. With so many students and families struggling with homelessness, I’ll keep fighting to ensure every single student can succeed in the classroom.”

“Every child across America and West Virginia should have a roof over their head every single night,” said Sen. Joe Manchin. “I fought to ensure that the American Rescue Plan included $800 million to help identify and assist students currently experiencing homelessness. Today’s approval of state plans releases the second round of funding. West Virginia alone will be receiving more than $3.7 million, which is good news for the more than 10,000 West Virginia children and youth currently experiencing homelessness. This fight is far from over, and I’ll keep working with the Department of Education to ensure our children get the help they need and deserve.”

Each state received the following ARP-HCY allocation, including the amount released today:

 

Total ARP Homeless Allocation 

ARP Homeless II (75 percent) 

Total 

800,000,000 

  

National Activities 

1,000,000 

  

Amount to State
Education Agency

799,000,000 

599,250,000 

ALABAMA

13,239,031

9,930,896

ALASKA

2,350,009

1,762,578

ARIZONA

16,922,395

12,693,864

ARKANSAS

8,213,312

6,160,984

CALIFORNIA

98,757,695

74,080,388

COLORADO

7,643,776

5,733,757

CONNECTICUT

7,247,850

5,436,759

DELAWARE

2,691,098

2,018,466

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

2,531,300

1,898,654

FLORIDA

46,127,238

34,601,171

GEORGIA

27,849,370

20,890,458

HAWAII

2,701,880

2,026,637

IDAHO

2,882,705

2,162,241

ILLINOIS

33,129,062

24,850,845

INDIANA

13,072,898

9,806,255

IOWA

5,075,905

3,807,531

KANSAS

5,443,402

4,083,208

KENTUCKY

13,281,817

9,867,723

LOUISIANA

17,075,605

12,808,812;

MAINE

2,694,822;

2,021,258

MARYLAND

12,787,274

9,592,027

MASSACHUSETTS

11,994,087

8,997,008

MICHIGAN

24,378,753

18,287,030

MINNESOTA

8,655,053

6,492,319

MISSISSIPPI

10,664,254

7,999,500

MISSOURI

12,822,529

9,618,451

MONTANA

2,502,430

1,876,823

NEBRASKA

3,577,701

2,683,703

NEVADA

7,025,680

5,270,140

NEW HAMPSHIRE

2,296,237

1,722,244

NEW JERSEY

18,118,225

13,590,844

NEW MEXICO

6,416,504

4,813,169

NEW YORK

58,910,436

44,190,109

NORTH CAROLINA

23,588,229

17,694,073

NORTH DAKOTA

1,999,979

1,500,064

OHIO

29,308,662

21,985,056

OKLAHOMA

9,788,535

7,342,594

OREGON

7,346,860

5,511,026

PENNSYLVANIA

32,748,656

24,565,479

PUERTO RICO

19,438,068

14,580,948

RHODE ISLAND

2,719,153

2,039,510

SOUTH CAROLINA

13,841,864

10,383,098

SOUTH DAKOTA

2,502,430

1,876,823

TENNESSEE

16,303,363

12,229,524

TEXAS

81,388,454

61,051,359

UTAH

4,033,829

3,025,823

VERMONT

1,868,242

1,401,248

VIRGINIA

13,825,002

10,370,430

WASHINGTON

12,140,633

9,106,915

WEST VIRGINIA

4,990,123

3,743,199

WISCONSIN

10,097,813

7,574,572

WYOMING

1,989,772

1,492,407

 

States are required to submit plans for their use of ARP-HCY funds within 60 days. For more information on ARP-HCY funding, click here.

Today’s second distribution of ARP-HCY funds is aligned with the Department’s broader efforts to support students and districts as they work to reengage students impacted by the pandemic, address inequities exacerbated by COVID-19, and build our education system back better than before. In addition to providing $130 billion for K-12 education in the American Rescue Plan to support the safe reopening of K-12 schools and meet the needs of all students, the Biden-Harris Administration has:

  • Released three volumes of the COVID-19 Handbook. 
  • Held a National Safe School Reopening Summit .
  • Helped over 175 million Americans ages 12 and older get vaccinated, especially teachers and school-based personnel.
  • Provided $10 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing for PreK-12 educators, staff, and students.
  • Prioritized the vaccination of educators and other school staff. 
  • Launched a series of Equity Summits focused on addressing school and district inequities that existed before, but were made worse by the pandemic.
  • Released a report on the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on underserved communities, including homeless youth.
  • Developed a Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse elevating hundreds of best practices to support schools’ efforts to reopen safely and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students, educators, and communities.
  • Released over $3 billion in IDEA funds within the American Rescue Plan to support children and families with disabilities impacted by the pandemic.