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American Rescue Plan Act

About the Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. ARP appropriated an unprecedented $1.9 trillion package of federal assistance measures, including $122.8 billion for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) fund, with $800 million set aside for serving children and youth experiencing homelessness (ARP-HCY; see Regulations and Guidance below).

ESSER Funds are provided to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s students. ARP-HCY funds are provided to SEAs and LEAs to identify homeless children and youth, provide homeless children and youth with wraparound services, and enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities. ARP-HCY funds were distributed to states in two separate disbursements (ARP Homeless I and ARP Homeless II).