Leveraging the American Rescue Plan's Housing Resources to Help Families
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocates additional resources for housing assistance and services and provides state and local jurisdictions with flexibility for spending on supplemental housing and service resources. This brief outlines how resources for supportive housing services can be used in prevention-oriented strategies for implementing a "Housing-First" approach for families experiencing homelessness or housing instability while also receiving child welfare prevention services. The brief also includes a chart that illustrates how ARPA funds can be used for housing and support services. Other topics include short-term opportunities for prioritizing child welfare-involved families with ARPA funding and long-term strategies for interagency collaboration.