Help Is Here Roundup: Federal, State, and Local Officials Highlight Child Tax Credit Rollout and Other American Rescue Plan Provisions

Federal, State, and Local officials across the country continue to see benefits from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as it provides critical relief for their communities.

This week, the IRS deposited its first round of Child Tax Credits funded by the American Rescue Plan into families’ bank accounts. Officials praised the CTC with many noting the millions of their constituents who would benefit as it puts America on the path to reducing child poverty by half.

But benefits from the ARP don’t stop at the CTC, as this week the Health and Human Services Department announced that $398 Million in ARP funds would be going to small rural hospitals for COVID-19 testing and mitigation. Additionally, schools across the country are using over $129 million to prepare to re-open safely this fall and provide relief to students.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to provide critical relief across the country:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AL: Alabama receives $430M from American Rescue Plan. [News 19, 07/10/2021]

AZ: Ducey uses federal pandemic cash to promote Arizona tourism. [KVOA, 07/14/2021]

AZ: ASU announces distribution plans for additional emergency relief funds. [The State Press, 07/13/2021]

AZ: Ducey makes $759 million deposit into unemployment trust fund. [The Center Square, 07/15/2021]

CA: Business Owners React to $100 Billion in Recovery Funds Set Aside in State Budget. [NBC San Diego, 07/14/2021]

CA: Here are the LA agencies, programs that will benefit from California’s $100-billion recovery package. [ABC, 07/13/2021]

CT: CT summer programs see enrollments rise, aided by millions in federal funds. [CT Post, 07/09/2021]

FL: Tallahassee, Leon County approve $6.2M in federal funds for homeless services. [Tallahasse Democrat, 07/13/2021]

IA: Rockford, Freeport to get $1M for Illinois Head Start Programs. [WIFR, 07/14/2021]

IN: ‘Unprecedented’ state revenue growth triggers tax refund for Hoosiers. [NWI, 07/14/2021]

IN: Here’s how South Bend school district wants to use nearly $100 million in pandemic funds. [South Bend Tribune, 07/13/2021]

MO: St. Louis City Aldermen pass American Rescue Plan Act, includes $5 million in direct financial assistance. [Fox 2, 07/13/2021]

MO: See how much your rural Louisiana town may get in federal COVID money. [NOLA, 07/08/2021]

MI: Jackson to spend some of its $31M in recovery funds on water and sewer upgrades. [MLive, 07/14/2021]

NC: Emergency housing vouchers are becoming available to people in Greenville. [Greenville News, 07/12/2021]

NC: Fayetteville State University dissolves $1.6 million in student debt. [The Fayetteville Observer, 07/11/2021]

NC: With new scholarship funds, N.C. A&T gives its students a major price break. [News and Record, 07/12/2021]

NJ: New Jerseyans will receive extra cash every month thanks to American Rescue Plan. [NJ Spotlight, 07/12/2021]

NY: $5M from American Rescue Plan going toward stopping violence in Buffalo. [WIVB, 07/14/2021]

NY: Plan allocating $123M in American Rescue Plan funds approved by Erie County Legislature. WGRZ, 07/08/2021]

PA: $2 million-plus in renovations planned at Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center. [The Times Tribune, 07/13/2021]

PA: Feds showering $170M on area cities and towns, and officials are all over the map on how to spend it. [Penn Live, 07/13/2021]

TN: Most of $92.3 million in federal funds to be spent on improving water and storm infrastructure in Knox Co.. [10 News, 07/09/2021]

TN: $830M headed to Tennessee to reopen schools, help kids impacted by pandemic. [News Channel 5, 07/15/2021]

UT: Local faith leaders call for federal relief funds to be used to end homelessness in Salt Lake County. [KSL, 07/15/2021]

VA: Northam proposes spending $353 million of American Rescue Plan funding for small business help. [WAVY, 07/12/2021]

WI: Milwaukee Mayor Wants To Put Nearly $14M In Federal Relief Funds Toward Workforce Development. [WPR, 07/12/2021]

WI: Milwaukee using federal stimulus funds to combat reckless driving. [WISN, 07/13/2021]

Brownsville plans use of $65M in federal aid. [MyRGV, 07/08/2021]

How Springfield schools will spend $3M to expand health, counseling services. [Springfield News Leader, 07/15/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

AZ Senate:

https://twitter.com/engelforarizona/status/1415708525083258880

Mayor Pro Tem, Montebello CA:

https://www.facebook.com/davidtorres.montebello/posts/1023749195107852

CT House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepresentativeLucyDathan/posts/4177135115695492

FL House:

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaForFlorida/posts/1210543039387059

FL Senate:

https://twitter.com/Annette_Taddeo/status/1415650633542258689

City Commission, Tallahassee FL:

https://twitter.com/Seat3TLH/status/1414972756073066496

IL Governor:

https://twitter.com/GovPritzker/status/1415719905421406211

IL House:

https://www.facebook.com/repchriswelch/posts/228746459075797

IL Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorPacioneZayas/posts/209554501076116

IN House:

https://twitter.com/inhsedems/status/1415642300563300355

MA House:

https://www.facebook.com/representativejamesoday/posts/10151442687894981

https://www.facebook.com/KateforRep/photos/a.214883352333941/1124255984730002

MD Senate:

https://twitter.com/shellyhettleman/status/1415673569325977612

MI Senate:

https://twitter.com/seanamccann/status/1415690537341005829

NC Senate:

https://twitter.com/benclarknc/status/1415050412940533761

NJ Governor:

https://twitter.com/AswLopez/status/1415722563242713097

NY Assembly:

https://www.facebook.com/assemblymanfredthiele/posts/346533533628761

OH House:

https://twitter.com/ohiosenatedems/status/1415649081527988232

OR House (retweet):

https://twitter.com/orhousedems/status/1415724508535615489

PA House:

https://twitter.com/repamenbrown/status/1415678689145200640

https://www.facebook.com/RepDanFrankel/posts/4145900672159933

SC House:

https://twitter.com/schousedems/status/1415729970589151242

TX House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMorales145/posts/4273931932686944

VA House:

https://twitter.com/mikemullin4va/status/1415694599247499266

https://twitter.com/c_herring/status/1413557125419315203

WI Assembly:

https://twitter.com/RepBrostoff/status/1415691434313846797

https://twitter.com/beth_rep/status/1415730260860194822

Federal Officials:

AZ-09:

https://www.facebook.com/repgregstanton/posts/6173806045970647

CA-20:

https://twitter.com/RepJimmyPanetta/status/1415720267939254273

CA-36:

https://twitter.com/RepRaulRuizMD/status/1415721572657033218

CA-41:

https://twitter.com/RepMarkTakano/status/1415717628199510018

CT-01:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLarson/posts/10159217187223632

CT-02:

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/10159246436479231

DE-01:

https://twitter.com/RepLBR/status/1415708932216131585

HI-02:

https://twitter.com/RepKahele/status/1415007979859030019

IL-06:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSeanCasten/posts/1689889391200133

IL-09:

https://twitter.com/janschakowsky/status/1415718640662597634

IL-17:

https://www.facebook.com/RepCheri/posts/6495749437117885

KY-03:

https://twitter.com/repjohnyarmuth/status/1415379765272383491

US Senate, MA:

https://twitter.com/SenMarkey/status/1415720259999387650

MA-01:

https://www.facebook.com/reprichardneal/posts/4722675521095934

https://www.facebook.com/reprichardneal/posts/4722864961076990

MA-03:

https://twitter.com/reploritrahan/status/1414971352709312516

MI-12:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDebbieDingell/posts/3843060605798785

MN-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAngieCraig/posts/1980101482139184

NJ-05:

https://twitter.com/RepJoshG/status/1415727562127519749

NV-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepHorsford/photos/a.321625551271538/3692080824225977

NY-18:

https://www.facebook.com/repseanmaloney/posts/4547250331954420

US Senate, OH:

https://twitter.com/SenSherrodBrown/status/1415395208326430724

OH-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJoyceBeatty/posts/4398179813579759

PA-08:

https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanMattCartwright/posts/4037265236399551

SC-06:

https://www.facebook.com/WhipClyburn/posts/4556781217695136

TX-32:

https://twitter.com/RepColinAllred/status/1415370512541184004

US Senate, VA:

https://twitter.com/MarkWarner/status/1415709297791709192

VA-02:

https://twitter.com/elaineluriava/status/1415692610891567107

VA-07:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSpanberger/posts/980044486078959

US Senate, VT:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/posts/10160186382192908

WA-01:

https://twitter.com/RepDelBene/status/1415715802175660033

WA-06:

https://www.facebook.com/derek.kilmer/posts/4232409673488357

WA-09:

https://twitter.com/RepAdamSmith/status/1415353149615923202

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