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Nov 23 -- The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Department of Education (ED), invites comments by January 23, 2023 regarding its plan for a National Study of expenditures from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief—Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Fund.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) included an unprecedented $800 million to support the specific needs of homeless children and youth via the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief—Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Fund. State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) must use ARP-HCY funds within the three-year funding period, to identify and serve children and youth experiencing homelessness with wrap-around services addressing challenges related to COVID-19, to enable them to attend school and fully participate in school activities. As a one-time grant program with three years of funding administered as part of the American Rescue Plan, this new data collection for the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) seeks to understand how funds under this grant program are being used.

Specifically, the Department is seeking to learn about the distribution of ARP-HCY funds by SEAs, the characteristics of LEAs receiving funds, and the characteristics of LEAs who chose not to participate in the distribution of funds in each state. Additionally, the Department would like to gather information on how SEAs are using the funds that were set aside at the State level of the program and how LEAs are using funds received from this program.

This is a request for a new collection, the ARP-HCY National Study, which will utilize a survey of all SEAs (ARP-HCY SEA Survey) and a representative sample of state and national LEAs (ARP-HCY LEA Survey) to answer evaluation research questions.
ARP-HCY: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/american-rescue-plan/american-rescue-plan-elementary-secondary-school-emergency-relief-homeless-children-youth-arp-hcy/
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.regulations.gov/search?filter=ED-2022-SCC-0146
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-25483

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