We are urging housing and homeless response assistance and services funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to be accessible and implemented equitably for our nation’s most vulnerable children, youth, and families.
On March 30, in collaboration with our partners First Focus on Children, SchoolHouse Connection, and Family Promise, we sent a letter to the newly appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge. In this letter, we provide recommendations on the guidance and requirements that HUD will make regarding the allocation and uses of funds in the American Rescue Plan for homelessness assistance, supportive services, and emergency rental vouchers. We are calling on Secretary Fudge to address barriers that have prevented youth and families from receiving life-saving aid and putting them at even greater risk of COVID-19, as well as prolonged experiences of homelessness.
Below we highlight some of our recommendations.