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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

ARPA Funding Available to the City of Takoma Park

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and appropriates $1.9 trillion to States and other jurisdictions to help Americans recover from the public health crisis and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.  ARPA provides a total of $350 billion to states, local and Tribal governments through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program. These funds are to be used over the next five years to support the local response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 public health emergency. SLFRF are intended to respond to acute pandemic response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among local governments, support populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and lay the groundwork for an equitable economic recovery.

The City of Takoma Park has been allocated $17.5 million in SLFRF which is distributed by the State of Maryland in accordance with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (grantor of ARPA/SLFRF).

Funds must be obligated, or encumbered, by the City as of December 31, 2024. All funds must be fully spent by December 31, 2026.

Through ARPA/SLFRF, the City of Takoma Park has been provided resources to:

  • Fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with public health and economic impacts;
  • Maintain vital public services, even amid declines in revenue;
  • Build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity.
Staff Recommended ARPA Spending Plan

Based on a six-month needs assessment, project review and project prioritization process, staff have identified 20 projects and recommended a spending plan to the City of Takoma Park City Council on January 19, 2022 utilizing ARPA/SLFRF in the amount of $13,495,100. In developing the Staff-Recommended Spending Plan, staff took into consideration Council priorities, previous City planning documents, data on residents’ needs, guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department (grantor), community feedback, and organizational needs. Staff recommendations included the following areas of investment:

  • $6.6 million to directly assist the City’s most vulnerable residents and businesses
  • $4.8 million to renovate city facilities and improve public infrastructure as community anchors
  • $2 million to support city operations, workforce, and fiscal stability

Our collective goal is to help households, businesses, and other City stakeholders respond to the public health emergency and its negative economic impacts while making strategic investments in the City’s operations, workforce, public infrastructure, and fiscal health.

City Council ARPA Approved Spending Plan FY22 – FY26

On March 2, 2022, the Takoma Park City Council approved Ordinance No. 2022-3, as introduced by Councilmember Searcy, adopting the multi-year budget for projects that will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)/State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (ALFRF). In total, as a recipient of ARPA grant funds, the City will receive $17,463,724.52 million through the State of Maryland from the Federal appropriation. ARPA grants are administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Click Ordinance-2022-3 to view the full Ordinance and Exhibits A and B which outlines each ARPA funded project.


Click ARPA Infographic to see full image
ARPA/SLRF Project Updates Presented to the City Council

On March 23, 2022, staff presented project updates to the City Council for the City of Takoma Park Direct Cash Assistance Program and the Library Expansion Project. City staff will begin the preparation of a Response for Proposals (RFP) to select a nonprofit partner, or partners, to assist the City with distributing grant funds to eligible households most in need of financial assistance due to the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past Public Hearings, Community and City Council Meetings:

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Public Hearing – Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Community Meeting on Staff Recommended ARPA Spending Plan

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Public Comments and City Council Meeting
Hosts include City staff and City Councilmembers

Staff Recommended ARPA Spending Plan
Frequently Asked Questions

Posted from public comments – March 3, 2022

Project Lead & Contact Info

Vernae E. Martin, MBA
ARPA Manager
Phone: 301.891.7224

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