Guidance for Districts and Schools

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides substantial federal resources to support states and local school districts. In recognition of the extraordinary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on homeless students, the PRA includes additional funds to address the specific needs of homeless children and youth (Homeless PRA). The ARP homeless funds add to the larger pool of ARP funding and should be used to meet the needs of homeless students. ARP Homeless funds are split into two installments: ARP Homeless I and ARP Homeless II. The ARP Homeless II funds will be distributed to districts and schools in Ohio, called Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by the federal government, according to a formula. This web page is designed to provide more information about the ARP Homeless II funds and how LEAs can use the funds to meet the needs of homeless students.

Homeless ARP Formula II

ARP Homeless II scholarship amounts are determined by a federal formula in order to streamline the scholarship award process and provide rapid support to homeless students. The formula, determined by the US Department of Education, calculates the allocation of an LEA based on the Title I allocation and the number of homeless students:

  • Fifty percent in proportion to the amount of funding LEA received under Title I Part A for the most recent fiscal year; and
  • Fifty percent as a proportion of the number of homeless children and youth identified by the LEA relative to other LEAs in the state, as reported in the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school years (whichever is greater both).

Consortium requirement for LEAs allocated less than $ 5,000

LEAs with Phase II funding of less than $ 5,000, as stipulated in the formula, are not eligible for the sub-grant on their own. To receive an ARP Homeless II sub-grant, the LEA must join a consortium of LEA in which the sum of its members’ allocations reaches the threshold of $ 5,000.

Authorized uses for ARP Homeless II funds

ARP Homeless II funds are intended to ease the burden the pandemic has placed on homeless families. The funds should be used to target the immediate needs of families. The funds are additional; therefore, LEAs should consider how to supplement other funds already spent to meet the needs of homeless students in this order:

Examples of the use of ARP Homeless II funds in addition to other sources of funding
LEAs may pay for short-term hotel stays or other temporary housing arrangements for homeless families.

  • LEAs can purchase cell phones and Wi-Fi hotspots for students to facilitate their participation in school activities.
  • LEAs can provide enveloping services. This includes using funds to identify students newly facing housing instability and to remove barriers for identified students who have not enrolled in school due to the pandemic.

Authorized uses for ARP Homeless II funds

Authorized Uses of McKinney-Vento Funds are Authorized Uses for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I, ESSER II and ARP-ESSER. ARP-Homeless II is an unprecedented additional source of funding that enables LEAs to pay for enveloping media and services that go beyond the uses permitted for ESSER I, II and ARP-ESSER. All ARP Homeless II funds must be spent by September 30, 2024.

Engaged and challenged

ItemCan McKinney-Vento funds be used?Can ARP homeless funds be used?
Additional transportation to allow attendance at school and activitiesNoYes
Cell phones or other devices to allow attendance and full participationNoYes
Reliable high-speed internet for studentsNoYes
Tutoring, further education and enriched educational servicesYesYes
Expedited AssessmentsYesYes
Assistance to defray additional transport costsYesYes
Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Education ProgramsYesYes
Before and after school programs, mentoring and summer programsYesYes


ItemCan McKinney-Vento funds be used?Can ARP homeless funds be used?
Wrap-around services (through contracts with community organizations, and could include academic supports, trauma-informed care, socio-emotional support, and mental health services)NoYes
Store cards or prepaid debit cards to purchase essentials for school activities and phone minutesNoYes
Professional development designed to increase understanding of the needs of homeless children and youth and their rightsYesYes
Services to attract, engage and retain homeless studentsYesYes
Education and training of families on their rights and available resourcesYesYes
Coordination between schools and service providersYesYes

Safe and healthy

ItemCan McKinney-Vento funds be used?Can ARP homeless funds be used?
Necessary supplies related to COVID-19NoYes
Short-term temporary accommodation in case of emergency or to allow full participation in school activitiesNoYes
Reference services for medical, dental, mental and other health servicesYesYes
Specialized educational support services (including violence prevention counseling) and referrals for such servicesYesYes
Activities aimed at meeting special needs that may arise from family violence, parental mental health issues or substance abuseYesYes
Adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for all non-school facilitiesYesYes
Other extraordinary or emergency assistance required for attendance and full participationYesYes

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