Phoenix City Council Approves $ 198 Million ARPA Funding Plan – State of Reform

The Phoenix City Council did authorized $ 198 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support the city in various areas. Funding was originally launched on June 8 as part of the urban ARPA strategic plan, but council members wanted more information on areas such as homelessness, mental health, and vaccination incentives before proceeding.

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The city of Phoenix received its first ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) grant of $ 198 million, according to a recovery plan summary, on May 19th of this year. On the instructions of the city council, only the first allocation was approved.

The next allocation of $ 198 million (out of the two payments totaling $ 396 million) is being considered in May 2022.

Funding will target three areas: community investments, investments in city operations, and contingency costs (such as unexpected COVID-19 expenses).

The funding plan includes 47 areas of investment, including COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts, homelessness and mental health programs.

One of the areas of the new ARPA-SLFRF support plan is aimed at the workforce with support in employee training. According to Performance Report of the SLFRF Recovery Plan 2021, $ 10 million will be allocated to the Workforce Wraparound Tuition and the Apprentice Program. This money will be drawn from a $ 40 million budget for arts, business, and employee support programs.

According to City of PhoenixUS $ 8.5 million of this funding will be provided to provide free education and training to residents affected by the pandemic. Funding is aimed at people working in industries hardest hit by COVID-19, including hospitality, hospitality, retail, and families with young children.

The grant also offers short- and long-term training in areas such as life sciences, healthcare, construction and IT. According to the city, residents who start training will receive a monthly stipend to help out with emergency expenses like transportation and childcare.

The council also approved $ 1.5 million of that funding to create a community-based organization that will help expand staffing services for families with young children.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego expressed her optimism about the approval of the funding and highlighted the benefits it will bring to expanding employment opportunities.

“My goal is to get people into jobs – it’s one of the most effective things we can do to get families back on their feet,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “By also ensuring that these families and individuals receive comprehensive services – such as childcare, training and direct support – we are increasing the chances that the profits they can make now will become permanent. This is a transformative moment in the history of our church. “

The approved funding plan will address both homelessness and mental health. According to the SLFRF Recovery Plan Performance Report, $ 10.5 million will be allocated to a variety of needs such as mental and behavioral health, setting up rehabilitation centers, and tackling homelessness.

In addition, $ 9 million of the ARPA funding will go to health care providers focused on mental health, substance abuse, and all other services that fall into this category. According to the city, these funds will go to community-based outreach teams who will help residents find the mental health services they need.

The city also budgeted $ 1.5 million of these funds for those dealing with homelessness along the Salt River Project (SRP) canals and other areas across Phoenix. The approved funds go to services for these people who pay them to carry out projects such as landscaping and other beautification projects.

The promotion of vaccines and better accessibility of vaccines are also on the funding plan. According to SLFRF documents, $ 5 million will be allocated to provide the necessary resources to ensure people are tested. These funds could be used in other areas, such as contacting colored communities and securing PPE as needed.

The city also approved a pilot program offering up to a thousand $ 100 gift cards and other donated items like grocery boxes and backpacks as an incentive for residents to get fully vaccinated.

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