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 and is planning on working with regional and community organizations and other cities and counties to determine how the funding should be spent and what needs are already supported.
The City Council has identified funding priorities and goals. At the Nov. 2 meeting, City Council considered allocation considerations, such as childcare, youth programs, affordable housing, educational assistance, multicultural center planning, community-based organizations and more, for near- and longer-term projects. Next steps include a council resolution confirming the work plan approach for the current fiscal year, including the appropriation of funds to support and implement key programs around affordable housing, business relief and recovery, engagement and racial equity, and ARPA management and oversight, just to name a few.
Watch the City Council meeting and stay up to date on upcoming meetings at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CityCouncil.