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What is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)?

Passed by Congress in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. Read the Bill

How does this affect Harris County?

Harris County expects to receive $915M in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the US Treasury, 50% of which will be received by mid-May 2021 and 50% of which will be received one year later. Funds must be used by December 31, 2024. Additional funds may be available to Harris County residents and businesses via the state and federal government.
For information about the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, visit the US Treasury website Read County Judge's Letter

Take the ARPA Survey!

We need your help to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your community, your goals for the future, and how these funds could be spent in support of those goals. Please take our Community Survey to share your ideas:

How will the funds be used?

Commissioners Court has set out three clear priorities: Health, Jobs, and Housing, together with improvements in County operations. Working groups are studying opportunities in each area. Possible options are included below.
Commissioners Court has adopted an Equity Framework to guide project selection, design, implementation, and evaluation. The Equity Framework calls for investments to be made fairly, taking into account who has been most impacted by the pandemic, with community member engagement throughout all project phases. Our first Treasury Report describes investments to date. Treasury Report


  • Vaccine distribution
  • Mental health supports/counseling
  • Activities that address short and long-term health disparities
  • Food
  • Health-based responses to behavioral health, social welfare and safety


  • Workforce development
  • Employment practices
  • Small business report
  • Access to credit
  • Flexible financial assistance
  • Digital Access
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Education and wage-based responses to social welfare and safety


  • Rental and/or mortgage assistance
  • Legal resources related to housing
  • Wraparound housing services (e.g., housing navigation, counseling, education)
  • Long-term affordable housing solutions
  • Water and sewer infrastructure
  • Disaster response and recovery
  • Housing-based responses to social welfare and safety


  • Facilities
  • Elections
  • Continuity of government services
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