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U.S. Dept of Ed Announces State Allocations of $800 Million to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

Georgia’s total ARP allocation is $27,835,648, and ARP Homeless I April Allocation is $6,958,912.

The United States Department of Education announced today plans to distribute $800 million to help support the needs of students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) fund. ED announced the state allocations for the $800 million total allocated in the American Rescue Plan and will distribute $200 million in funding on Monday.

Georgia’s total ARP allocation is $27,835,648, and ARP Homeless I April Allocation is $6,958,912.

Alongside the announcement, the Department issued a letter to Chief State School Officers underscoring the urgent need to use this funding to identify homeless children and youth, provide wraparound services in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide assistance to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities, including in-person instruction this spring and upcoming summer learning and enrichment programs. The remaining funds will be allocated to states as soon as June.

“The pandemic made the inequities in our education system even worse, especially for students experiencing homelessness,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As districts and schools return to in-person learning, we must act with urgency to provide all students, including students experiencing homelessness, equitable access to high-quality learning environments and the resources to help meet their basic needs which schools often provide.”

The Department’s letter to Chief State School Officers provides additional information and recommendations to support states and school districts in putting these resources to work to support students experiencing homelessness, particularly for student groups who have been historically underserved.

On Friday, April 23, 2021, at 4:15 p.m. ET, Secretary Cardona will lead a roundtable discussion with students who have experienced homelessness, centering the conversation on lived experiences and critical federal investments. Secretary Cardona will be joined by U.S. Sen.  Patty Murray (WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (WV). Together, they will learn about the individual background of each student and discuss how American Rescue Plan funds can support students experiencing homelessness. Members of the press who wish to cover the event may RSVP by emailing

Today’s announcement received praise from Members of Congress from both sides of aisle:

“This past year has been so difficult for every student, parent and educator across the country—but what students experiencing homelessness have gone through is unthinkable. The first thing we told people during this pandemic was to ‘stay home.’ But so many students don’t have a safe place to call home, access to internet, devices, or critical services that students have relied on to learn during this pandemic,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). “We fought hard to make sure the American Rescue Plan includes dedicated funding for students experiencing homelessness, and that the Department of Education is acting quickly to get these resources to our communities. I’ll keep fighting to make sure students experiencing homelessness not only get enrolled in school, but also get the kind of support and stability they need so they can learn and grow in the classroom.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional burdens for everyone but especially our students currently experiencing homelessness,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (WV). “I am pleased Secretary Cardona is moving quickly to get the first round of the $800 million I successfully fought to include in the American Rescue Plan to school systems so they can identify and assist homeless students in their schools. If we can’t find these students, we can’t provide the essential support and services they need. I won’t stop fighting to put a roof over every student’s head and ensure they have the tools to succeed. I look forward to continue working with my bipartisan colleagues as well as Secretary Cardona to help every student thrive.”

“It is significant that every single one of my colleagues recognized the importance of supporting homeless youth and children by unanimously agreeing to my amendment twice on the Senate floor earlier this year,” said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK). “I thank President Biden and Secretary Cardona for working with me and my colleagues to get this funding out the door as quickly and effectively as possible. By releasing this first round of funding, we can start to provide much-needed relief to the most vulnerable – homeless youth and children. I appreciate that Secretary Cardona has invited a young Alaskan to participate in a roundtable discussion with students who have experienced homelessness. This young Alaskan, who has persevered and is now thriving, will be a strong voice for so many other young people throughout our country.”

“Arizona youth experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, deserve safe and stable shelter, especially during the pandemic. I’m proud of our work across the aisle ensuring the COVID-relief law included our bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Fund, helping protect Arizona families and children from housing insecurity and keeping kids connected to their school work,” said U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ).

Specific state allocations are listed below:

State Total ARP Homeless Allocation ARP Homeless I (April allocation)
ALABAMA 13,232,539 3,308,135
ALASKA 2,349,723 587,431
ARIZONA 16,914,124 4,228,531
ARKANSAS 8,209,311 2,052,328
CALIFORNIA 98,709,231 24,677,307
COLORADO 7,640,075 1,910,019
CONNECTICUT 7,244,365 1,811,091
DELAWARE 2,690,527 672,632
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 2,530,583 632,646
FLORIDA 46,104,268 11,526,067
GEORGIA 27,835,648 6,958,912
HAWAII 2,700,973 675,243
IDAHO 2,881,855 720,464
ILLINOIS 33,112,868 8,278,217
INDIANA 13,066,572 3,266,643
IOWA 5,073,494 1,268,374
KANSAS 5,440,776 1,360,194
KENTUCKY 13,656,376 3,414,094
LOUISIANA 17,067,174 4,266,793
MAINE 2,694,256 673,564
MARYLAND 12,780,987 3,195,247
MASSACHUSETTS 11,988,315 2,997,079
MICHIGAN 24,366,891 6,091,723
MINNESOTA 8,650,935 2,162,734
MISSISSIPPI 10,659,014 2,664,754
MISSOURI 12,816,310 3,204,078
MONTANA 2,502,430 625,607
NEBRASKA 3,575,993 893,998
NEVADA 7,022,161 1,755,540
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2,295,973 573,993
NEW JERSEY 18,109,524 4,527,381
NEW MEXICO 6,413,341 1,603,335
NEW YORK 58,881,309 14,720,327
NORTH CAROLINA 23,576,625 5,894,156
NORTH DAKOTA 1,999,661 499,915
OHIO 29,294,425 7,323,606
OKLAHOMA 9,783,762 2,445,941
OREGON 7,343,336 1,835,834
PENNSYLVANIA 32,732,708 8,183,177
PUERTO RICO 19,428,481 4,857,120
RHODE ISLAND 2,718,574 679,643
SOUTH CAROLINA 13,835,064 3,458,766
SOUTH DAKOTA 2,502,430 625,607
TENNESSEE 16,295,356 4,073,839
TEXAS 81,348,380 20,337,095
UTAH 4,032,024 1,008,006
VERMONT 1,867,977 466,994
VIRGINIA 13,818,290 3,454,572
WASHINGTON 12,134,870 3,033,718
WEST VIRGINIA 4,987,694 1,246,924
WISCONSIN 10,092,963 2,523,241
WYOMING 1,989,459 497,365
National Activities 1,000,000
TOTALS 800,000,000 199,750,000


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