Help Is Here Roundup: American Rescue Plan Continues to Benefit States, Cities and Local Communities

States, cities, and communities across the country are continuing to reap benefits from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), more than seven months after its passage in Congress.

Last week, Colorado received an additional $389 million to help cover COVID-19 related educational costs. While the week before, Maine arts groups received funding from the ARP for a new grant program aimed at supporting arts jobs and institutions hit hard by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, cities and local communities continue to spend the ARP funding they’ve already received to Build Back Better. The City of Los Angeles, California announced a new grant program using ARP funds to give out $5,000 ‘Comeback Checks’ to small businesses. In Marion County, Missouri, $1 million in ARP funding is being used to invest in rural broadband access. And in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the City of Lancaster voted to allocate $5 million of ARP funds towards affordable housing.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to benefit communities from coast to coast:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AR: Springdale police officers, fire fighters to receive bonus from American Rescue Plan funds. [KNWA, 10/27/2021]

CA: ‘Comeback Checks’: L.A. to give out $5,000 grants to thousands of small businesses. [KTLA5, 10/26/2021]

CO: Colorado gets final $389 million in American Rescue Plan funds for in-person learning plans. [Colorado NewsLine, 11/04/2021]

GA: Athens mayor breaks down local effects of American Rescue Plan. [The Red & Black, 10/30/2021]

IL: How Kane County will dole out $4 million to address mental health, homelessness needs. [Daily Herald, 10/27/2021]

LA: Mayor Broome: $73M in American Rescue Plan funds secured for EBR Parish. [BR Proud, 11/04/2021]

MA: $350K awarded to Community Legal Aid, Inc. will help victims of housing discrimination during pandemic. [WWLP, 11/03/2021]

MD: Museums, libraries across Maryland get $475,000 in American Rescue Plan funding. [Fox 5 News, 11/03/2021]

MD: $50M from American Rescue Plan to help Baltimore violence intervention programs. [WBAL, 10/26/2021]

MD: Baltimore County to use $60 million in federal aid for social programs, affordable housing, public safety. [The Baltimore Sun, 11/03/2021]

MD: Maryland To Grant $55M In American Rescue Plan Funding To Behavioral Health Services, Patients. [CBS 13, 11/01/2021]

ME: Maine arts groups receive American Rescue Plan money. [Portland Press Herald, 10/30/2021]

MI: Grand Rapids receives $4.6M to help combat homelessness. [Fox 17, 11/01/2021]

MN: Minneapolis to launch $500 per month guaranteed income pilot program. [Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, 10/28/2021]

MO: Marion County pledges $1 million of ARPA funds for rural broadband. [Courier Post, 10/26/2021]

NM: Curry, Roosevelt child care centers receive grant funds. [Eastern Mexico News, 10/27/2021]

NM: ‘Test to Stay’ COVID-19 program soon to be implemented in New Mexico public schools. [KFOX14, 11/02/2021]

NV: State makes first-in-nation investment in ABLE accounts for children. [This is Reno, 10/26/2021]

TX: McMurry University to forgive $1.215 million of unpaid student debt. [Big Country Homepage, 10/27/2021]

WI: $75M in grants could help businesses in underserved Milwaukee communities. [WUWM, 10/26/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

DE House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMelissaMinorBrown/posts/315257790427054

IL House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepGuzzardi39/posts/315232550417774

IN Senate:

https://twitter.com/senatorrandolph/status/1453390967059460098

MA House:

https://www.facebook.com/DanSenaForStateRep/posts/414883483410087

https://www.facebook.com/repjohnrogers/posts/299443522006507

MA Senate:

https://twitter.com/cindyfriedmanma/status/1455946785067786245

https://www.facebook.com/StateRepMikeKushmerek/posts/324552362810187

ME House:

https://twitter.com/speakerfecteau/status/1453068189198323712

ME Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorVitelli/posts/304378094838094

Common Council, Utica NY:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1106806743392370&id=414460489293669

Lancaster City Council, PA:

https://www.facebook.com/ArroyoforLancaster/posts/2044033372413751

Hanahan City Council, SC:

https://www.facebook.com/hedgpethforhanahan/posts/1286658491774394

TN House:

https://www.facebook.com/johnmarkwindle/posts/4219046791555807

TN Senate:

https://twitter.com/tnsenatedems/status/1455864084893732868

https://twitter.com/tnsenatedems/status/1455230458657116161

WI House:

https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Brostoff/posts/315546077046886

WY House:

https://www.facebook.com/reptreysherwood/posts/410717837331096

Federal Officials:

AZ-03:

https://twitter.com/RepRaulGrijalva/status/1455601032126468099

https://www.facebook.com/Rep.Grijalva/posts/434226834741315

AZ-09:

https://www.facebook.com/repgregstanton/posts/427586138736638

US Senate, CA:

https://twitter.com/SenAlexPadilla/status/1456340479998574603

CA-15:

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanEricSwalwell/posts/251642816990004

US Senate, CT:

https://www.facebook.com/senchrismurphy/posts/430927088391647

CT-01:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLarson/posts/10159416235428632

CT-02:

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/440836390762325

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/435060898006541

CT-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJimHimes/posts/437606484401506

GA-02:

https://www.facebook.com/sanfordbishop/posts/438595604321250

https://twitter.com/SanfordBishop/status/1453110135921029126

IL-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMarieNewman/posts/278687524260253

IL-06:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSeanCasten/posts/295642859045822

MD-02:

https://twitter.com/Call_Me_Dutch/status/1455567788777562115

MD-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSarbanes/posts/433784301473442

MD-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAnthonyBrown/posts/423067775848164

MD-05:

https://www.facebook.com/LeaderHoyer/posts/459082502254110

MI-06:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDanKildee/posts/6431569233552346

MN-02:

https://twitter.com/RepAngieCraig/status/1455859803448823811

US Senate, NH:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorShaheen/posts/434836941340144

US Senate, NV:

https://twitter.com/SenJackyRosen/status/1456057103009918985

NY-06:

https://twitter.com/RepGraceMeng/status/1452039283297165312

NY-19:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAntonioDelgado/posts/299911571950925

US Senate, PA:

https://twitter.com/senbobcasey/status/1455562091213905926

PA-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDwightEvans/posts/1527088017673769

PA-18:

https://twitter.com/usrepmikedoyle/status/1453106356005883906

TN-09:

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanSteveCohen/posts/4865921766765560

TX-28:

https://www.facebook.com/repcuellar/posts/443060630519710

VA-03:

https://twitter.com/bobbyscott/status/1455959104350994437

US Senate, VT:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/posts/432028251625991