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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Boulder County Board of County Commissioners Approves $36.5M in Second Round of Funds for COVID-19 Recovery

The following list includes ARPA-approved projects on 6/14/2022

Economic Challenges, up to $13,500,000

1. Survive and Thrive Nonprofit Grants, amount to be determined but not to exceed $7,500,000 – Immediate distribution of funds to support nonprofit organizations for meaningful short- and long-term investments that will stabilize their business condition, workforce, and operations (Survive). These funds will come with the requirement that awarded nonprofits engage with a variety of entities that provide business support services (Thrive).

2. Direct Cash Assistance to Families with Young Children, $6,000,000 – Direct cash assistance to low-income families with young children aged 0 to 3 years old, which have been particularly impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and live in lower-income and vulnerable households. Modeled after the expanded Federal Child Tax Credit, funding amounts are $300 per month per child aged 0 to 3.

Housing Affordability, $12,000,000

3. Affordable Housing Pipeline, $7,000,000 – Working with Boulder County Housing Authority, Boulder Housing Partners, Longmont Housing Authority, and other non-profit developers on affordable housing pipeline projects for gap financing and to deepen affordability on existing projects. Specific projects to be determined as part of the vetting process.

4. Manufactured Housing Park Acquisition and Upgrades, $5,000,000 – Creates a reserve fund to supply grants or zero-interest forgivable loans to provide partial support for (a) acquisition of manufactured housing parks by residents that form resident-owned communities (ROCs) or assign their rights to the County or nonprofit land trusts; (b) major infrastructure improvement projects for ROCs or landlords who commit to long-term affordability; and (c) home repair assistance for low-income residents in these communities.

Mental Health and Social Resilience, $11,000,000

5. Community Mobile Response Teams, $3,000,000 – Resources a mobile response team to engage individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in order to de-escalate, assess, decriminalize, and determine a care plan that would result in increased access to behavioral health treatment, therapy, and supportive services. The program should be culturally responsive and coordinated across jurisdictions and across county services.

6. Community-Wide Navigation Hub, $3,000,000 – Provide a community-wide resource to support navigation and care coordination to appropriate mental and behavioral health services for all Boulder County community members.

7. Equitable Access (Front Door Model): CommunityBased Grants, $3,000,000 – Grant program for mental health-related community-based organizations that allows organizations directly serving the community to either offer specific programs and services to a larger audience than they’re currently serving and/or provide these services for free.

8. Equitable Access (Front Door Model): Mental Health Vouchers, $1,000,000 – Mental health voucher/reimbursement program to allow community members to seek care, including alternative care, without worrying about financial burden.

9. Equitable Access (Front Door Model): School-Based Services, $500,000 – Model will be developed in collaboration with school and other related partners.

10. Equitable Access (Front Door Model): Community Trainings, $500,000 – Mental Health First Aid/RISE for All will educate the broader community and help reduce stigma and increase awareness surrounding mental health. To effectively reach specific priority populations, it will be important to include a variety of training options including in-person learning; working through schools, faith- and community-based organizations; and offering classes in different languages.

ARPA News

Working Group Members
ARPA Working Groups presentation on May 3rd

The ARPA Working Groups joined the public presentation of recommendations for the investment of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

In this presentation to the Boulder County Board of Commissioners, the public listened to proposals in the areas of Economic Challenges, Housing Affordability, and Mental Health & Social Resilience.

For a preview of the recommendations go to the ARPA Executive Summaries in English and Spanish.

To learn more about the Working Group proposals, please follow the link to the Phase 2 Presentation to BOCC.

The recordings of the ARPA Working Groups presentation are now posted on the ARPA Working Groups playlist. To watch the English version please follow this link and click here for the Spanish version.

ARPA Community Engagement and Pandemic Impacts Reports

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On November 10, the ARPA Community Steering Committee shared the results of the Boulder County community engagement process with the ARPA Steering Committee Preliminary Engagement Report in English and Spanish.

This fall Boulder County also retained TDA Consulting, Inc. to conduct a gap analysis analyzing data on the pandemic’s impacts in Boulder County, using ARPA spending categories to categorize data and summarize priority needs identified by community stakeholders.

Boulder County has a commitment to promoting and practicing racial equity. This report incorporates data, when available, that illuminate ways the pandemic has had racially disproportionate impacts. Please see the following link to read the report.

ARPA funds meetings recordings

ARPA Working Groups’ meetings (2022) – ARPA-YouTube

  • Watch the recording of the Boulder County Board of Commissioners Town Hall on public input of ARPA funds investment.

Sep. 9 BOCC Town Hall (2021) – ARPA-YouTube

  • Results from the ARPA Steering Committee’s six weeks of outreach to better understand the impact of COVID on community members.

ARPA Steering Committee 11/10 Presentation to the BOCC

ARPA Funds Timeline

Boulder County
Plan to Use ARPA Relief Funds

Financial Overview


$63,359,749 million total
ARPA SLFRF funding awarded
by the U.S. Department of
the
Treasury to Boulder County.

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ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Expenditure Categories

The Treasury Department launched this much-needed relief category to address the following:

  • Support urgent COVID-19 public health response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus;
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses;
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic;
  • Replace lost revenue for governments to strengthen vital public services and help retain jobs; and
  • Make infrastructure investments in broadband, clean water, and wastewater facilities.

The Treasury Department requires that local governments address disparate impacts and achieve equitable outcomes with ARPA funds and cites President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, signed on January 20, 2021. The BOCC stated their support for that executive order and for advancing racial equity in a Jan. 27 statement.

Boulder County’s initial recovery plan describes response and recovery efforts to date, community engagement and planning efforts, consideration of equity impacts and outcomes, actual and planned uses of funds, and other information required by the Treasury Department. The subsequent report in July 2022 will further expand Boulder County’s approach, goals, and measurable outcomes.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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If you are a tenant unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program may help. If you are a Boulder County resident click on bocorentassistance.org for more information.

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