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.
The NDE will distribute ARP Homeless Part 2 by formula as per USED.
ARP Part II was different and uses the following formula that was prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education:
- 50 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
- 50 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 number of homeless children and youth in either the 2019-2019 or 2019-2020 school year in each LEA.
Nevada’s total ARP-HCY Homeless I & II funding and Duration of Grant
Nevada's share was just over $7,022,161 for youth experiencing homelessness. Nevada's ARP-HCY Homeless I allocation was $1,755,540 and the part 2 allocation was $5,266,621. ARP-HCY part I and Part II funds are availableuntil September 30, 2024. The deadline for the drawdown of the obligated funds is January 31, 2025 (source-USED).
Nevada ARP HCY state plan