American Rescue Plan Roundup: ARP Continues to Support American Families, States, and Local Communities

CAP Action
8 min readJan 14, 2022


President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) was crucial in supporting families in 2021 and is continuing to fund recovery efforts in local communities across the country nearly 10 months after its passage in Congress.

Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan, a record 13.8 Million Americans enrolled in health insurance coverage and benefited from lower costing premiums through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Additionally, thanks to the Child Tax Credit funded by the ARP, the share of food insecure families with children dropped from 28.6% in May and June 2021, before the checks went out, to 22.4% in July and August. According to an analysis of the ARP by the Roosevelt Institute, “Because of the American Rescue Plan and other investments, the bottom 50 percent of households now have more than $3 trillion in wealth — that’s up nearly 20 percent from early 2021, and up 63 percent from pre-pandemic levels. In September 2021, families’ cash balances were between 40 and 70 percent higher than they were pre-pandemic.”

With 2022 underway, ARP funds are continuing to be used to invest in Americans and revitalize state and local communities. Just this month, the White House announced it would allocate $1 billion in ARP funding to support independent meat and poultry producers to increase competition in the meat processing industry and reduce prices for American consumers. In Florida, Republican Governor Ron Desantis has proposed using $3.5 billion in ARP funds for a gas tax break and $1,000 bonuses for police and teachers. And in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more than $2.9 million in loans were given to small businesses affected by the pandemic thanks to ARP funding.

See more examples of how the American Rescue Plan is continuing to benefit Americans below:


Navajo council votes to send big checks to tribal members. [KOB 4, 12/30/2021]

AK: Pandemic relief will help build new homes in overcrowded Bering Straits communities. [WTOO, 12/22/2021]

AL: Alabama gets $97 million to help low-income residents keep the heat on. [, 01//07/2022]

AL: Council gives Ladd board $160,000 for marketing. [Lagniappe Weekly, 12/07/2021]

AZ: Arizona airports get millions more in federal relief funds. [KJZZ, 01/04/2022]


CA: Marin County allocates $500K for homeless camps. [The Marin County Journal, 12/23/2021]

DE: Wilmington receives $55M in ARPA funding to counter pandemic-caused shortfalls. [WDEl, 12/10/2021]

FL: Seminole County commissioners to approve nearly $3 million to help homeless shelter. [WFTV, 12/07/2021]

GA: Dougherty County commission approves distribution of 10,000 home COVID-19 tests. [WFXL, 01/04/2022]

GA: New downtown Macon homes to bring diversity, inclusiveness to Beall’s Hill. [WGXA, 12/02/2021]

GA: Regional library system to use ARPA funds to improve digital access. [Rome New sTribune, 12/07/2021]

IA: Iowa to spend $100 million in federal money on water infrastructure. [Des Moines Register, 12/08/2021]

IL: City of Chicago announces $102 million in rental assistance and plans 2,400 new affordable housing units. [Chicago Tribune, 12/06/2021]

IL: County touts taxpayer savings with ARPA funds. [Daily Journal, 12/15/2021]

IL: Lake Springfield to get redone sewers, paid for with ARPA money. [News Channel ABC 20, 12/21/2021]

IL: Illinois offers COVID-19 financial relief for families amid economic turmoil. [The Southern illinoisian, 01/03/2022]

IN: Northwest Indiana awarded $50 million economic development grant. [NWI, 12/14/2021]

LA: Work to repair 1,100 sinkholes in EBR Parish set to begin in January. [WBRZ, 12/21/2021]

MA: Legislature pumps $5m into king’s beach cleanup. [ItemLive, 12/03/2021]

MA: BU Distributing Federal American Rescue Plan Money to Students. [Back2BU, 12/06/2021]

MD: City leaders announce $1,000 vaccine incentive for government workers in Baltimore. [Fox 5, 12/07/2021]

MD: Howard County Commits $8M To Educators’ Bonuses, Seeks Matching Funds. [CBS 13, 12/20/2021]

ME: Portland offers thousands of dollars in grants for child care businesses. [WGME, 01/05/2022]

MI: Gov. Whitmer signs bill to invest federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan to Michiganders. [WLNS, 12/22/2021]

MI: $1M funding boost awarded to Muskegon County Airport to deal with COVID impact. [MLive, 12/31/2021]

MI: Bay City Commission approves $1 million in ARPA funds to help resident with housing expenses. [ABC 12, 01/05/2022]

MN: American Rescue Plan will pay for COVID tests, childcare and food security in Minnesota, governor says. [KARE11, 12/28/2021]

MN: St. Paul, Ramsey County announce investment of $74 million for ‘deeply’ affordable housing. [Twin Cities, 12/17/2021]

MN: Roseville gives firefighters, police COVID bonuses. [Star Tribune, 12/09/2021]

MO: New housing, mortgage fund underway for low-income St. Louis neighborhoods. [St Louis Post Dispatch, 12/18/2021]

MT: Montana poised to direct $30 million more toward child care. [Independent Record, 01/08/2022]

MS: Mississippi receives over $500M for K-12 school support. [WXXV 25, 12/30/2021]

NE: Stuhr Museum, Multicultural Coalition awarded American Rescue Plan Act grants. [The Grand Island Independent, 01/11/2022]

NH: New Hampshire libraries share $825,000 in federal grants. [WMUR, 01/01/2022]

NV: Nevada approves nearly $20 million to fund COVID-19 treatments. [Fox 11, 12/21/2021]

NV: Clark County OKs $71M for pandemic recovery programs. [Review Journal, 12/21/2021]

NY: American Rescue Plan funding available for Schuyler County business to renovate buildings. [My Twin Tiers, 01/11/2022]

MO: Springfield-Branson National Airport will receive Airport Rescue Grant. [KY3, 01/10/2022]

OH: ARPA: $2.3M Genesis employee retention program, water projects among local COVID-19 relief grants. [Times Recorder, 01/02/2022]

PA: Williamsport Bureau of Fire seeks to replace 2 engines and a ladder truck. [williamsport Sun Gazette, 12/09/2021]

PA: ‘It’s huge’: URA forgives more than $2.9 million in loans awarded to small businesses hit by pandemic. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 12/23/2021]

RI: RI lawmakers unveil bill to spend $119M of American Rescue Plan money. [WPRI, 12/15/2021]

TX: Federal pandemic relief money helps expand meal deliveries for seniors in Dallas County. [The Dallas Morning News, 12/16/2021]

UT: In face of economic recovery, pilot shortage, St. George Regional Airport to receive federal grant. [St George News, 12/11/2021]

WA: King County Metro Gets $400M Federal Grant For COVID Recovery. [, 12/13/2021]

WA: Housing, employment among initial allocations of Spokane’s American Rescue Plan funds. [KXLY, 01/04/2022]

WI: La Crosse to allocate remaining ARPA relief funds to clean water, housing, child care and more. [La Crosse Tribune, 01/06/2022]

WI: DPW Unveils 16 Traffic Calming Projects. [Urban Milwaulkee, 12/02/2021]

WI: Wausau Schools to receive $10.5 million as part of American Rescue Plan funding. [WAOW, 12/08/2021]

WV: Manchin grants West Virginia airports $334k from American Rescue Plan. [WBOY, 01/03/2022]


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