HAMPTON—The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is an economic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden back in March to help the United States build economic strength after the covid-19 pandemic. In May, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds made available by the ARPA. This included $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.
Hampton’s allocation will be received over two years, including more than $24 million that was received in June of this year. Another $24 million should be received by June of next year. According to ARPA guidelines, there are four primary funding categories the money should be used for:
- Water and Sewer Infrastructure
- Broadband Infrastructure
- Public Health Needs
- Behavioral Health Needs
Hampton’s City Council has looked at several options for the new rounds of recovery funds, but they have not appropriated funds yet. However, projects that are under consideration include:
- Home repair assistance grants
- Projects that reduce youth violence and provide positive outcomes for young people
- Employment and other economic programs for needy families
- Waterways dredging
- Projects to reduce flooding
- Beach nourishment
- Additional funds to repair/renovate buildings and systems
- A pilot project to utilize solar energy
The Council is continuing to monitor federal information for additional guidance and will re-review the ranking of projects set in the September 22 meeting. Funds need to be obligated by December 31, 2024, and all projects must be completed by December 31, 2026.