SUMMARY

In January 2022, Treasury provided the opportunity for a one-time standard allowance of up to $10 million in the revenue replacement category of eligible uses, whether revenue was lost or not, to be spent on general government services. The Boulder County Commissioners opted into the standard allowance and directed that revenue replacement dollars be expended on projects that address disparate pandemic-related impacts identified by and in the community. Projects selected for this category are referred to as Spirit of ARPA Projects (SOAP) and were recommended in Immediate Needs or in the Phase 2 Working Group process, ensuring these projects remain true to the intention of addressing disparate pandemic-related impacts identified by and in the community.


The Boulder County Commissioners further directed that revenue replacement dollars be expended on projects that align with needs identified by the community and the ARPA Working Groups, but that would not be possible to implement due to program complexity, administrative burden, or eligibility and other constraints of the ARPA funds. Projects allocated under the $10 million revenue replacement category include Digital Divide and Family Resource Centerprojects totaling $2,057,396. Additionally, $7.94 million of annual budgeted funding from the county general fund for Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) was funded instead from ARPA revenue replacement dollars, freeing up that same amount in the county general fund for SOAP projects. The $7.94 million freed up through ARPA revenue replacement is funding:


· Manufactured Housing Park Acquisition and Upgrades


· Regional Housing Partnership


· Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley


· Small Business Back Taxes


This dashboard provides a breakdown of each funding category and as transparency is a priority at Boulder County, this website will be updated continuously with spending updates, key performance indicator data, and additional program information.


For more information about each funding category, please click the links below.

SPIRIT OF ARPA PROJECTS (SOAP) FROM REVENUE REPLACEMENT FUNDS

Examples of projects funded by SOAP funds include Regional Housing Partnership and Manufactured Housing Park Acquisition and Upgrades that will benefit from the additional time enabled through internal funding sources. In addition, Habitat for Humanity of St. Vrain Valley is able to continue services with less administrative reporting burden imposed on their program and internal staff and with these funds build affordable housing units.

A PATH TOWARDS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

One of the projects supported by ARPA is the East Rogers Road development In Longmont, being built by Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley (HFHSVV). “This project will create nine new affordable housing units that provide homeownership for those who earn between $37,600 and $70,140 for a family of four,” said John Lovell, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley.