Congress created the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on May 10, 2021 to aid state, local, territorial and Tribal governments with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Treasury specified how the funds can be used to respond to acute COVID-19 response needs, help fill government revenue shortfalls, and support the population and communities hardest hit during the pandemic. The five primary categories of use in which the recipients have flexibility to use those funds to fill the areas that are the most in need are:
All funds must be allocated by December 31, 2024 and projects completed and all funds distributed by December 31, 2026.
If you would like more specific information on ARPA you can visit the link for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Island County will receive $16.5 million dollars in ARPA funds. These funds are also known as State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds or SLFRF. The Island County Board of County Commissioners was very strategic about its vision for the use of funds to create positive impacts in our communities. The Board allocated the funds as followed:
$9.5 million affordable housing and/or infrastructure
$2 million Community Service Grants
$1.5 million Premium Pay
$1 million Health Services case management software
$400,000 ARPA support resources (staff and materials)
$1.5 million COVID response (placeholder)
$600,000 for Broadband infrastructure (placeholder)
(All amounts are approximate and may fluctuate or change as needs arise.)
The Island County Commissioners allocated funding for Community Service grants. The scope and vision that the Commissioners set forth is that these funds will be distributed to and serve Island County residents. These are the primary areas of community focus:
The primary focus of the the majority of the funds that Island County received will be affordable housing in our communities on Whidbey and Camano Islands. Our goal is to increase single family and multi family unit availability. We are working closely with community partners to provide avenues to home ownership for low to moderate income families and increasing multi-family rental options. Details of this program and will shared as more information becomes available.
Administration Bldg1 NE 7th StreetCoupeville, WA 98239-5000
Phone Number:Office:(360) 679-7397Email Address:LC.Chaffin@islandcountywa.gov
PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000
Office Hours:8:00 am to 4:30pmMonday through Friday