The Department of Education released the second round of the American Rescue Plan's Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funding this week to all 50 states.
This gives states and school districts access to the funding before the start of the new school year. It can be used—in accordance with the McKinney-Vento-Act—to identify students experiencing homelessness and to provide wraparound services that help them fully participate in school activities.
States are required to distribute at least 75% of the funds to school districts through formula subgrants. Districts won't have to compete for the money , but their portion will be partially determined by their population of children and youth experiencing homelessness and by their Title I-A allocation.
“These funds will reach districts that may not have accessed previous federal funding designated for students experiencing homelessness,” the department stated in a press release. “This will make it possible for this funding to reach more students experiencing homelessness and for states and districts to access funding more quickly.”
The first round of the ARP-HCY funding, which totaled $200 million, was released in April. The second round amounts to nearly $600 million.
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