City Council Discusses American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs.

The city is currently slated to receive $16.8 million of ARPA funding.

How can the money be used? The ARPA funding is able to be used to address negative economic impacts. Types of programs and projects that could receive funding include workforce development; small business economic assistance; and household assistance such as rent, mortgage, or utility aid, as well as eviction prevention.

Funding could also be used to serve Beaverton’s communities and families that have been and continue to be most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The types of programs that could receive funding include childcare, affordable housing, emergency shelter, and educational assistance.

The city is also planning on working with regional and community organizations and other cities and counties to better determine how the funding should be spent and what needs are already supported through local, regional, and state funding. The city will also look at past city budgets to find gaps in funding that could be supported with ARPA funds.