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Information on the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Act of 2021 for the Homeless Children and Youth (HCY) Fund.

The ARP Act required the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to reserve $800 million to support efforts to identify homeless children and youth, and to provide such youth with comprehensive, wrap-around services that address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and allows them to attend school and participate fully in all school activities. California has been allocated $98,757,695 for ARP-HCY funds. These funds may be used in accordance with all allowable uses under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth, including:

  • Providing wraparound services (which could be provided in collaboration with and/or through contracts with community-based organizations, and could include academic supports, trauma informed care, social-emotional support, and mental health services);
  • Purchasing needed supplies (e.g., personal protective equipment, eyeglasses, school supplies, personal care items);
  • Providing transportation to enable children and youth to attend classes and participate fully in school activities;
  • Purchasing cell phones or other technological devices for unaccompanied youth to enable the youth to attend and fully participate in school activities;
  • Providing access to reliable, high-speed internet for students through the purchase of internet-connected devices/equipment, mobile hotspots, wireless service plans, or installation of Community Wi-Fi Hotspots (e.g., at homeless shelters), especially in underserved communities;
  • Paying for short-term, temporary housing (e.g., a few days in a motel) when such emergency housing is the only reasonable option for COVID-safe temporary housing and when necessary to enable the homeless child or youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities (including summer school); and
  • Providing store cards/prepaid debit cards to purchase materials necessary for students to participate in school activities.

To learn more ways to use ARP-HCY funds, access the ARP-HCY Resource Guide.

ARP-HCY funds will be dispersed into two separate funding sources, ARP-HCY I and ARP-HCY II. Eligibility and application procedures are listed below for each funding source. ARP-HCY funds must be spent by September 30, 2024.


Local educational agencies (LEAs) that currently receive an Education for Homeless Children and Youth grant are eligible to apply for ARP-HCY I funds. All eligible LEAs have been notified of this grant opportunity and are aware of the program and fiscal reporting requirements required of these funds, and allocation amounts for each LEA are available on the Funding Results for ARP-HCY I web page. For additional questions, please contact


LEAs are eligible to receive ARP-HCY II funds and allocations will be based on the following formula:

  • Fifty percent in proportion to the amount that each LEA received under Title I, Part A for the most recent fiscal year (i.e., fiscal year 2020), and
  • Fifty percent in proportion to the number of homeless children and youth identified by each LEA relative to all LEAs in the state, using the greater of the number of homeless children and youth in either the 2018‒19 or 2019‒20 school year in each LEA.

After the allocations are calculated, and it has been determined that an LEA will receive less than $5,000, that LEA will be required to join a consortium with their county office of education (COE). Each COE’s homeless liaison can be found in the 2021–22 County Contact list (XLSX).

For more information regarding funding, please refer to the Homeless Children and Youth II.

The webinar presentation (PDF), hosted on November 17, 2021, provides an overview of ARP-HCY II funding – purpose, uses of funds, consortia, and reporting requirements.

ARP-HCY II Application for Funds – Open Until December 31, 2021

In order to receive an allocation, all LEAs must submit the ARP-HCY II Assurances. All LEAs within a consortium must also complete the assurances. Passwords were sent to each LEA’s Superintendent, including direct-funded charter schools, via email.

It is important to note that the ARP-HCY II Application will close on December 31, 2021, and LEAs must apply for their allocation of ARP-HCY II funds by submitting program assurances prior to this date.

Applicants may reference the ARP-HCY II Search application which will display the application submission status of educational entities for the ARP-HCY II funds.

ARP-HCY II Quarterly Program and Fiscal Reports (Under Development)

All LEAs that receive ARP-HCY II funds must submit quarterly expenditure and program reports. Please note that the fiscal agent is responsible for completing and submitting all expenditure and program reports on behalf of the consortium.
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Last Reviewed: Friday, November 19, 2021
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