NH delegation welcomes $ 2.2 million from ARPA to provide education for homeless students


22 December 2021

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) have received $ 2,296,237 to support New Hampshire’s plan to use the American Funding Rescue Act for the state’s education program for homeless children and youth (ARP-HCY).

The funding will help identify homeless students and provide technical assistance to remove barriers that prevent them from accessing educational opportunities. By strengthening transportation in rural and remote communities, as well as funding supplies, clothing, hygiene, academic tutoring, and mental health resources, the funding will support students on the front lines of the crisis. homelessness, which has worsened since the pandemic.

“The pandemic has disrupted and inhibited the education of young Granite Staters, especially those from underserved communities who are homeless. Access to education during these formative years should be guaranteed to all children, which is why we need a comprehensive approach to put vulnerable students in touch with resources to continue their studies ”, said Senator Shaheen. “I fought for strong funding for New Hampshire during the US bailout negotiations, and I’m happy that over $ 2 million is now heading to our state to connect homeless students to the education and basic needs. I will continue to work to ensure that these federal resources are delivered quickly so that the young Granite Staters are not left behind during this crisis. “

“These significant funds from the American Rescue Plan will help provide students who do not have access to housing consistent with basic needs, including transportation to school, as well as services such as mental health support. and tutoring. ” said Senator Hassan. “Every child deserves the chance to thrive, and I will continue to work to ensure New Hampshire has the resources it needs to give our young people the best possible chance for success. ”

“Regardless of their socio-economic status, every child in Granite State deserves the chance to go to school and be a child” said Representative Kuster. “I am pleased that New Hampshire is receiving more than $ 2.2 million in federal funding, authorized through the American Rescue Plan, to help our school districts identify homeless students and provide them with the support they need. they need to go to school and participate fully with their classmates. I will continue to work to expand opportunities for homeless children in New Hampshire and to meet the changing social and emotional needs of our students as a result of this pandemic. “

“Every child in New Hampshire should have access to the education and support they need to be successful in school” said representative Pappas. “These US bailout funds will help homeless students access not only education, but also transportation, mental health services and other resources they may need. In the future, I will continue to fight to bring more resources to our schools to provide our students with all possible opportunities.

Shaheen and Hassan are members of the bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers who led the negotiations on COVID-19 relief. The delegation worked to get the US bailout passed in order to respond to the full extent of this public health and economic emergency, providing urgent assistance to students, families, businesses, workers and providers. American health care affected by public health and the economy. crisis.

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