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

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:


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]


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