The City has launched a new webpage for the American Rescue Plan Act (www.cityofmadison.com/arpa) to provide information about the planned allocation of federal funds to support an equitable recovery and continue to provide government services. The City will host two information sessions to share information about the annual budget process and address funding allocations outlined in the plan. The information sessions will take place on July 22nd (4:30-6:30pm) and July 27th (4:00-5:00pm). The sessions will be recorded and posted to the webpage.
About the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
The City of Madison will receive $47.2 million of federal funding through the State and Local Recovery Funds component of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to recover from the negative public health and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has adopted a plan to use ARPA funds to address critical community issues, support an equitable recovery, and continue to provide government services.
The City’s plan for ARPA funding focuses on five priority areas –
- Violence Prevention & Youth Engagement – $2,585,000.
- Homelessness Support – $8,650,000.
- Affordable Housing — $6,650,000.
- Emerging Needs — $1,000,000.
- Economic Development — $3,915,000.
The allocations were recommended by cross-agency Recovery Teams comprised of City staff with expertise in affordable housing, community services, economic development, public health, and other areas, and were prioritized based on impact, urgency, and feasibility balanced with the fiscal needs brought on by COVID-19. These priority areas and initial allocations were approved by the Common Council on July 6, 2021. There will be ongoing opportunities for community members, community based organizations, the Common Council, and other stakeholders to provide input on specific projects that utilize ARPA funds.
The City of Madison Finance Department invites residents to attend the ARPA information sessions and to follow along on the ARPA webpage that will be regularly updated with information about projects related to ARPA funding and opportunities to access those funds. Questions and comments can be directed to Finance Director David Schmiedicke (firstname.lastname@example.org).