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Help Is Here Roundup: American Rescue Plan Continues to Provide Relief to Families, States, and…
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Help Is Here Roundup: American Rescue Plan Continues to Provide Relief to Families, States, and…

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) is continuing to support families and local communities across the country more than eight months after its passage in Congress.

This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced that since July, nearly $77 billion in the ARP’s expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been given to families benefiting nearly 61 million children, reducing American food insecurity for families by 24% after the first payments alone. The Census Bureau conducted a national survey that found that a majority of respondents are using payments on bills, food and clothes.

Additionally, state and local lawmakers have praised ARP funding for providing additional relief and allowing them to invest in their communities. In Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer touted $100 million in ARP funding that will go towards helping the homeless. And in Oklahoma, the state is set to give out $325 million in ARP funding to child advocacy centers for child abuse prevention and treatment.

Meanwhile, ARP funding continues to fund key efforts to fight the pandemic such as $7.5 billion in aid to more than 40,000 health care providers in rural areas and $1.5 billion to help 22,700 providers address the health care worker shortage in underserved communities.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan is helping communities across the country:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

CA: Sacramento receives $500K in COVID-19 funds for local artists hit hard by pandemic. [ABC 10, 11/26/2021]

IL: Lawmakers look to use federal money to address housing barriers. [WIFR, 12/01/2021]

IN: Beech Grove offers stipend to city employees who worked through COVID-19 pandemic. [Indy Star, 11/29/2021]

IN: Indiana attracts $5.6 million federal grant to promote travel and tourism. [The Shelbyville News, 11/25/2021]

KY: Mayor Fischer: $100M in federal aid will help Louisville’s homeless. [WDRB, 11/25/2021]

MA: Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to Receive $150,000 American Rescue Plan Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. [Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, 11/18/2021]

MA: ARPA funds to benefit internet build-out, housing assistance in Greenfield. [Greenfield Recorder, 11/18/2021]

MD: Baltimore will build public Wi-Fi hot spots with next round of American Rescue Plan funding. [The Baltimore Sun, 11/30/2021]

ME: Paris’ essential employees getting hazard pay for working during pandemic. [Sun Journal, 11/23/2021]

MI: City approves $1M gifts to Muskegon art museum, Frauenthal theater and Boys & Girls Club. [MLive, 11/24/2021]

MI: Community Health Corps expanding efforts to aid low-income Detroiters. [The Detroit News, 11/26/2021]

MT: Grants support history, humanities at Virginia City, University of Montana. [Independent Record, 11/28/2021]

MT: Poverello, city ink $211K contract to continue homeless outreach, programs. [Missoula Current, 12/01/2021]

NH: COVID-19 Relief Money to Help Pay for Fish Hatchery Fix. [En Volve, 11/29/2021]

NJ: New Jersey’s six food banks set to receive millions in aid. [NJ1015, 11/19/2021]

NY: Hochul, after Brooklyn rally, announces $1.5 billion for professionals working with developmentally disabled. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11/24/2021]

OH: Here’s where funds from the American Rescue Plan Act is going in Cleveland. [WKYC, 11/30/2021]

OH: ‘We’re all family here’: Columbus community center pilots program to connect with students. [The Columbus Dispatch, 11/22/2021]

OH: ARP helps Ohio schools recover, retool and restart. [Policy Matters Ohio, 11/22/2021]

OK: LaFortune Park adds new indoor tennis courts. [Fox 23, 11/30/2021]

OK: Oklahoma Child Advocacy Centers To Receive $325,000 In Federal Funding. [News on 6, 11/22/2021]

OR: Oregon rural health care providers to receive $118 million in federal COVID relief funds. [KTVZ, 11/30/2021]

PA: Northampton County to distribute another $868K to small businesses. [69 News, 11/18/2021]

PA: City of Sharon allocating money to small businesses. [WYTV, 11/24/2021]

PA: Erie Arts and Culture to receive $250k through ARP Funds. [Your Erie, 11/18/2021]

TX: Around $1.8 million awarded to Texas State Library and Archives Commission under grant program. [My High Plains, 11/22/2021]

WA: Shelters, child care in Franklin’s plan for $20.6M of federal relief. [HeraldNet, 11/19/2021]

WI: La Crosse County, 3rd district rural healthcare facilities receive millions in relief funds. [La Crosse Tribune, 11/26/2021]

WY: Gordon to use $27 million in relief money to expand higher ed programs. [Casper Star Tribune, 11/27/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

Supervisor District 1, Tuolumne County CA:

https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorGoldemberg/posts/285751070225834

Tampa City Council, FL:

https://www.facebook.com/councilmanluis/posts/260843572744715

Baltimore City Comptroller, MD:

https://twitter.com/BillforBmore/status/1465780170523041799

Oakland County Commission, MI:

https://www.facebook.com/CommissionerGwenMarkham/posts/290132429787090

ND House:

https://twitter.com/joshboschee/status/1462498657262051335

NJ Senate:

https://twitter.com/njsendems/status/1465727270245572610

PA Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorcollett/posts/348973363702013

City Council Member, El Paso TX:

https://www.facebook.com/cityrepsalcido/posts/1594048984270558

Federal Officials:

US Senate, AZ:

https://www.facebook.com/SenMarkKelly/posts/411434463764164

AZ-01:

https://www.facebook.com/repohalleran/posts/450074009808597

AZ-03:

https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Grijalva/posts/455821119248553

CA-03:

https://www.facebook.com/repgaramendi/posts/434111368099992

FL-14:

https://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor/posts/4709662915738949

US Senate, HI:

https://twitter.com/SenBrianSchatz/status/1466132877440073740

IL-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMarieNewman/posts/299421102186895

MN-02:

https://www.facebook.com/AngieCraigforCongress/posts/435779161257108

MN-04:

https://twitter.com/BettyMcCollum04/status/1464271731300962318

https://www.facebook.com/repbettymccollum/posts/435984424581531

US Senate, MT:

https://twitter.com/SenatorTester/status/1465452156111265799

NH-02:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanAnnieKuster/posts/453168566183821

NJ-11:

https://twitter.com/RepSherrill/status/1464769167727509504

https://twitter.com/RepSherrill/status/1463567342454165507

NY-18:

https://twitter.com/RepSeanMaloney/status/1465372305434058755

OH-13:

https://twitter.com/RepTimRyan/status/1466121419410980864

OR-05:

https://www.facebook.com/repschrader/posts/426056725566498

US Senate, PA:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorBobCasey/posts/442409600573819

VA-08:

https://twitter.com/repdonbeyer/status/1462912525268242433

VA-10:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanWexton/posts/335805941693933

US Senate, VT:

https://twitter.com/senatorleahy/status/1466058819482664973

WI-04:

https://twitter.com/repgwenmoore/status/1465418447043670209

US Senate, WV:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeManchinIII/posts/10166065999520161

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