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ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act)

ARPA Funding Available to the City of Takoma Park

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (referred to herein as “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. As a part of ARPA, a total of $350 billion will be delivered 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 their 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 $17.4 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). In 2021, $3.9 million in ARPA funds were budgeted by the City Council for emergency rental assistance, food security, community engagement, administrative staffing, administrative oversight, and revenue loss reimbursement. City Council will review (beginning with the January 12, 2022 Council regular session) staff recommendations for the funding of projects utilizing the remaining ARPA balance of $13,495,100 over the next five years.

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

Through ARPA/SLFRF, government grant recipients are 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.
Discussion and Public Comments

Community Meeting:
Hosts include City staff and City Councilmembers

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Council Work Sessions – Regular Sessions:

Public Hearing:
Hosted by the City Council during its regular sessions

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Project Lead & Contact Info

Vernae E. Martin, MBA
ARPA Manager
Phone: 301.891.7224
Email: vernaem@takomaparkmd.gov



Staff-Recommended ARPA Spending Plan

Based on a six-month needs assessment, project review and project prioritization process, staff have identified 20 projects that are being recommended to the City of Takoma Park City Council utilizing ARPA/SLFRF in the amount of $13,495,100. The Staff-Recommended ARPA Spending Plan (Spending Plan) will be presented to City Council on January 12 during regular session. The Staff-Recommended Spending Plan is also available to the public for review and comment.

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 include 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.

Following the presentation of the Staff-Recommended Spending Plan to the City Council on January 12, additional opportunities will be available for further discussion and public comment¹:

  • Council Work Sessions – Regular Sessions: January 19th and January 26th.
  • Community Meeting: January 18th at 6:00 pm. Hosts include City staff and City Councilmembers.
  • Public Hearing: January 26th hosted by the City Council during its regular session. Register to comment at the public hearing. (You must register by 5:00 pm on January 26.)

The final ARPA Spending Plan will reflect Council and public feedback. City Council will vote on the final Spending Plan on February 2nd (first reading ordinance) and February 9th (second reading ordinance).

¹ For more information on upcoming public feedback opportunities, visit the City Council Upcoming Agenda page.

Have questions or comments on the ARPA Spending Plan?

Email ARPA@takomaparkmd.gov or you can complete this survey.

Link & Notes
  1. Staff-Recommended ARPA Spending Plan and Project Inventory
  2. ARPA Proposal Inventory
  3. Public Comments and City Council Meeting
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Recorded Session


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