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Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9,391,332 from the American Rescue Plan for 21 Head Start programs across West Virginia. This funding is distributed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and families, provide summer programming and support Head Start comprehensive programs in time for the next school year.
“The American Rescue Plan has provided much needed relief for West Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing educational opportunities for our youngest West Virginians. Every child deserves access to an early education which will provide a foundation for a bright future, but many children have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am thrilled the American Rescue Plan is investing in so many Head Start programs across the Mountain State. I will continue to work and advocate for funding to ensure that all West Virginia students get back on track and receive the quality education they deserve,” said Senator Manchin.
Individual Awards Listed Below:

  • $1,012,239 – AFL-CIO Appalachian Council
  • $993,095 – Southwestern Community Action Council
  • $971,558 – North Central West Virginia Community Action Agency
  • $705,935 – Coalfield Community Action Partnership
  • $701,149 – Northern Panhandle Head Start
  • $634,145 – Kanawha County Board of Education
  • $622,180 – Eastern Panhandle Instructional Cooperative
  • $496,548 – Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia
  • $440,312 – Raleigh County Community Action Association
  • $422,365 – Central West Virginia Community Action Association
  • $339,806 – Mountainheart Community Services
  • $332,627 – Fayette County Child Development Center
  • $314,680 – Eastern Allegheny Council for Human Services Head Start
  • $300,322 – Pride In Logan County
  • $230,925 – Upshur Human Resources
  • $172,296 – Greenbrier County Board of Education
  • $160,331 – Mineral County Board of Education
  • $145,973 – Nicholas Community Action Partnership
  • $143,580 – Monongalia County Board of Education
  • $132,812 – Braxton County School District
  • $118,454 – Monroe County Board of Education


Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that applications open today for the second round of funding from the $800 million included in the American Rescue Plan to help schools identify and support students experiencing homelessness. In April, Senator Manchin announced West Virginia received $1,246,924 in the first round of funding. West Virginia is eligible to receive another $3,743,199 in this second round of funding.
“Every child deserves to have a warm place to sleep and a roof over their head every night. But for 1.5 million children across America and over 10,000 children in West Virginia, that is not the case. The COVID-19 pandemic made this heartbreaking and dire issue much worse for many of our families and children in need. Since the pandemic kept most students at home, schools have struggled to track students experiencing homelessness,” said Senator Manchin. “This second round of funding – part of the $800 million I successfully fought to include in the American Rescue Plan – will help schools identify students experiencing homelessness and provide support for these vulnerable students. West Virginia can begin applying for the second round of funding today in order to get the funds directly to school districts before the new school year so students experiencing homelessness can receive the support they need.”
In the United States, over 1.5 million children and youth are currently experiencing homelessness. In West Virginia alone there are over 10,000 children and youth currently experiencing homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded this issue with high unemployment, unstable living conditions, and job insecurity, resulting in higher rates of homelessness in children, youth and families.
Senator Manchin’s efforts to secure $800 million in the American Rescue Plan for students experiencing homelessness:

  • April 23, 2021: Senator Manchin participated in a roundtable with Department of Education Secretary Cardona, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and students from around the country, including a student from West Virginia, to discuss the students’ own experiences with homelessness. Senator Manchin also announced that West Virginia will receive $1,246,924 in the first round of funding.
  • April 13, 2021: Senator Manchin led five bipartisan Senators in urging U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to implement the $800 million fund included in the American Rescue Plan to support children and youth experiencing homelessness and to help schools identify and assist students experiencing homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • March 6, 2021: The Senate unanimously passed Senator Manchin’s bipartisan amendment to include $800 million in the American Rescue Plan to support students currently experiencing homelessness.
  • February 9, 2021: Senator Manchin introduced the bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act to create a new emergency funding stream to provide flexible funding for community-based organizations working to meet the unique and challenging needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.


This week, Senator Manchin's staff attended the ribbon cuttings for Leonard Building and Truck Accessories and The Axe Hole, two new businesses in Beckley. I truly appreciate the owners and staff, as well as the Beckley Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for working hard to make these grand opening celebrations possible. The opening of any new business during these challenging times is something to celebrate.

ImageRegional Coordinator Ben Spurlock attends the grand opening of Leonard Building and Truck Accessories.


Regional Coordinator Ben Spurlock attends the grand opening of The Axe Hole.



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