The department announced plans to distribute $800 million to states to help support the needs of students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth fund.
tes will begin receiving $200 million in funding starting Monday, the department said in a press release. The remaining funds will be allocated to states as soon as June.
In addition to the announcement, USDE issued a letter to chief state school officers underscoring the need to use this funding to identify homeless children and youth, provide wraparound services in light of the coronavirus (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 pandemic made the inequities in our education system even worse, especially for students experiencing homelessness,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, in the press release. “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.”
According to the USDE, New York State will receive a total of $58,881,309 to support homeless students.
Starting Monday, New York will receive $14,720,327 of its funding, with the remaining funds allocated by June.
The announcement comes as the Biden administration works to safely reopen the majority of K-8 schools in his first 100 days under the American Rescue Plan, which works to provide funding needed to get children back in school and parents back to work.
President Joe Biden will cross the 100-day mark of his presidency on Friday.
The New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, a project of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released data in December of students who experienced homelessness in New York state and New York City during the 2019-2020 school year. The data was compiled from the New York State Education Department’s Student Information Repository System (SIRS).
In New York State overall, 143,533 students identified as homeless during that school year.
In New York City school districts and charter schools, 111,606 students identified as homeless, a 2.2% decrease from 114,085 in the 2018-2019 school year. More than 32,700 students were living in New York City shelters, and about 73,000 were living “doubled-up” in temporary housing situations with relatives, friends or others.
The report identified nearly 2,500 Staten Island students in elementary, middle and high schools who are, or have been, homeless.
According to the report, Staten Island public and charter schools enrolled 2,498 homeless students during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s approximately one out of every 27 students in Staten Island schools who is homeless, or about one student in each Staten Island classroom.
Staten Island homeless students represent 2.25% of the total number of homeless students in schools across the five boroughs.
Of the homeless students on Staten Island, nine live in a hotel or motel, 551 are in New York City shelters, 1,753 are doubled up in temporary housing situations with relatives, friends or others, and 185 are unsheltered (in cars, parks, campgrounds, temporary trailers, or abandoned buildings).
The number of Staten Island homeless students decreased from 2,558 students in the 2018-2019 school year.
Source silive.com By Annalise Knudson