Help Is Here Roundup: State and Local Communities Continue to See Benefits from the American Rescue Plan

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

Last week, lawmakers praised the fourth round of Child Tax Credit payments, with the IRS distributing nearly $15 billion in funds from the ARP. Additionally, the Biden administration announced it is planning to invest $100 million in ARP funds to address the health care worker shortage, by helping place primary care doctors in communities that need them.

Meanwhile, states across the country continue to use ARP funding to Build Back Better. North Carolina, for example, is investing $800 million from ARP funds in Child Care Centers struggling to stay open during the pandemic. In Indiana, the state is allocating ARP funds to renovate 27 parks that are all 25 years or older on average, while in California, the city of Salinas is using $12 million from ARP funds to build affordable housing and tackle homelessness.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to benefit communities across the nation:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AZ: Kelly, Sinema Announce Nearly $20 Million for Arizona Community Health Centers. [Kelly.Senate, 10/14/2021]

CA: $12 million of Salinas’ American Rescue Plan Act funding will go to homelessness and housing. [The Californian, 10/08/2021]

CT: New Canaan finance board approved $413k ‘thank you’ for teachers. [The Hour, 10/13/2021]

DE: Delaware hospitals, long-term care centers to get $78M to combat ‘staffing shortages’. [WDEL, 10/14/2021]

FL: Florida submits education plan to feds, freeing up $2.3 billion in aid for schools. [Miami Herald, 10/07/2021]

IA: American Rescue Plan: $200 million grant program to improve Iowan’s broadband access. [KHQA, 10/11/2021]

IN: New Albany will use COVID funds to rebuild public housing complex. [WFPL, 10/13/2021]

IN: These 27 Indianapolis parks are getting millions in upgrades using federal funds. [IndyStar, 10/14/2021]

KS: Millions of dollars heading to Kansas hospitals to help retain dwindling workforce. [Fox 4, 10/11/2021]

ME: Maine rolls out $20M more in grants to struggling small businesses. [Bangor Daily News, 10/18/2021]

MD: Mayor Scott announces $80 million to fund the city’s fight against COVID-19. [WBAL, 10/20/2021]

MI: $1.1M stimulus injection boosts Great Lakes Bay Health Centers. [MLive, 10/11/2021]

NC: Day care centers in line for financial help as North Carolina gets $805 million from US government. [ABC 11, 10/11/2021]

NJ: $600K Committed To Revive Mayo Performing Arts Center’s School. [Patch.com, 10/15/2021]

OH: Columbus announces $8.8 million in support to city’s homeless shelters and employees. [The Columbus Dispatch, 10/07/2021]

OR: Oregon city aims to alleviate homelessness with a village of tiny houses. [NPR, 10/19/2021]

PA: ‘Kind of empowering’: How the American Rescue Plan changed the course of the URA. [Public Source, 10/14/2021]

PA: Businesses, nonprofits, fire, police get $5.7M in grants from Northampton County. [WFMZ, 10/07/2021]

PA: With federal funds, local child care providers hope to fill gaps left by pandemic. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 10/08/2021]

PA: Council approves $4 million of ARP funding for stormwater. [WTAJ, 10/12/2021]

NY: Rensselaer County uses American Rescue Plan to give employees bonus. [News 10, 10/07/2021]

TX: Texas Senate passes bill to direct federal relief money to state agencies, hospitals and tourism industry. [Texas Tribune, 10/08/2021]

TX: Craddick: Legislation to include $40M for regional health care facility. [MRT, 10/18/2021]

VA: Department of Education approves Virginia’s plan to use American Rescue Plan funds to support K-12 schools. [WTKR, 10/15/2021]

WI: $45 million of Wisconsin’s American Rescue Plan Act funds designated for violence prevention and victim. [WUWM, 10/14/2021]

WI: Wisconsin PSC awards $100 million in federal pandemic relief to fund broadband expansion. [Madison.com, 10/15/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

Mayor, Sacramento CA:

https://twitter.com/Mayor_Steinberg/status/1448017425102884866

DE House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMelissaMinorBrown/posts/303053974980769

HI Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/senatoracasio/posts/253880590095518

IL House:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertMartwick/posts/314723407131067

Indianapolis City-County Councilor District 16, IN:

https://twitter.com/Kristin4Indy/status/1448790444004020226

IN Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJeanBreaux/posts/296528642287242

https://twitter.com/SenFadyQaddoura/status/1447970819666235394

Council Member, Jackson MI:

https://www.facebook.com/ForgraveFor6/posts/256958489772916

MT House:

https://twitter.com/MTHouseDems/status/1450545401119969281

PA House:

https://twitter.com/repbradford/status/1450174867614191617

TN House:

https://www.facebook.com/johnmarkwindle/posts/4209340992526387

WI Senate:

https://twitter.com/sensmithwi/status/1450141963731312654

Federal Officials:

AL-07:

https://twitter.com/repterrisewell/status/1450908127042449417

US Senate, AZ:

https://www.facebook.com/CaptMarkKelly/posts/414621326699473

AZ-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepKirkpatrick/posts/421652726003284

CA-20:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJimmyPanetta/posts/1330574790724983

CT-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJimHimes/posts/428453465316808

IL-08:

https://twitter.com/congressmanraja/status/1449726897626222598

IL-14:

https://twitter.com/repunderwood/status/1448428586688565252

MA-02:

https://twitter.com/repmcgovern/status/1449830196341792775

MD-06:

https://twitter.com/davidjtrone/status/1450506833345531908

US Senate, ME:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorAngusSKingJr/posts/2018409294980966

ME-01:

https://www.facebook.com/ChelliePingree/posts/10159494293462808

NJ-03:

https://twitter.com/repandykimnj/status/1449804470368587781

NJ-11:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMikieSherrill/posts/298706932066773

US Senate, NV:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorCortezMasto/posts/4630263193684051

NV-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepHorsford/posts/299426665337488

NY-25:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJoeMorelle/posts/288812483060846

US Senate, OH:

https://twitter.com/SenSherrodBrown/status/1448332170062409728

OR-04:

https://www.facebook.com/PeterDeFazioOregon/posts/10158636825729370

TX-15:

https://www.facebook.com/RepVicenteGonzalez/posts/2985367661681495

VA-02:

https://twitter.com/RepElaineLuria/status/1450561672893063168

VA-10:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanWexton/posts/313194330621761

WA-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepRickLarsen/posts/418865156277832

https://www.facebook.com/RepJimmyPanetta/posts/1330574790724983

WA-07:

https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1450620278267002884

US Senate, WV:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeManchinIII/posts/10165929483315161

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