AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

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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
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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.

HEALTH

  • 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

JOBS/EDUCATION

  • 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

HOUSING

  • 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

COUNTY OPERATIONS

  • Facilities
  • Elections
  • Continuity of government services

What happens next?

We will kick-start some "immediate relief" projects to get funds out the door quickly, then take a more strategic approach to the bulk of the funding. We will gather community and expert input in May and June, identify and prioritize potential projects in June and July, and begin bringing investments to Commissioners Court for approval in July and beyond. As projects are established, we will share goals and results here, in keeping with our vision of "building a more dynamic, vibrant, and resilient community while being inclusive, equitable, and transparent."
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Kick-start "Immediate Relief" projects
Analyze COVID impacts and set goals for each area; perform research & seek community input
Identify and prioritize potential projects
Propose projects to Commissioners Court
Manage projects and report results
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