American Rescue Plan Act

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT


STRATEGIC PLAN

Data last updated on February 10th, 2022

SUMMARY

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. Under the Act, $350 billion was provided for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency through the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSFRF) and the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF).


Prince George’s County was awarded $176.6 million. The County has adopted a budgeting approach prioritizing a sustainable health infrastructure and continuity of government services through a potentially prolonged emergency response.


  • Health Recovery: $54.6 million
  • Government Operations: $46.7 million
  • Social Services: $17 million
  • Environment: $32.3 million
  • Economic Development: $26 million


Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026.


This dashboard provides a visual breakdown of each funding category and as transparency is a priority at Prince George's 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.

Social Services


Preserve affordable housing units, increase non-profit capacity and maintain and increase capacity at homeless shelters.


The dollars present in this fund will first help continue operations of a homeless shelter and quarantine housing for County residents. Dollars will also support the development of a new structure which will add emergency shelter beds and support Prince George’s County’s special anti-violence initiatives. Finally, this fund will support Efforts to build the capacity of non-profits to deliver food to residents.



Projects supported:


  • Warm Nights Homeless Shelter
  • Non-Congregate Shelter
  • Anti-Violence Program
  • Non-Profit Capacity Support
  • Food Network Support

Health


COVID-19 mitigation and prevention, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare expenses and violence prevention.


Funding will provide critical support to the County’s capacity to fully vaccinate all County residents and perform equitable COVID-19 testing. Additionally, funds will be used to address the County’s opioid use crisis and provide behavioral health care to County residents. Finally, the County will temporarily boost health insurance coverage for County residents through Federally Qualified Health Centers.



Projects supported:


  • COVID-19 Testing
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • COVID-19 Communications
  • Uninsured Medical Services
  • Mental Health Support
  • Substance Abuse Support
  • Cheverly Health Center Building Replacement

Government Operations


Enhance cleaning of all County buildings, enhance digitization to support telework capacity and improve County cybersecurity infrastructure.


COVID-19 exposed dangerous gaps in the County’s ability to respond to public health threats. That’s why ARP funds will be used to reform and modernize the infrastructure of the Prince George’s County Health Department.


Additionally, funds in this category will be used to harden the County’s cyber networks, support the digitization of selected agency processes to improve service delivery to the public moving forward, and to provide retroactive premium pay to eligible county workers who performed essential work during the first year of the COVID-19 public health emergency.



Projects Supported:


  • Health Department Infrastructure Development
  • Premium Pay for Critical County Employees
  • ARP Grant Administration and Program Evaluation
  • Countywide building cleaning and infrastructure planning
  • Digitization and cybersecurity

Environment


Efforts to mitigate flooding caused by climate change includes the restoration of over 18,000 linear feet of streams, 1,250 linear feet of storm drain, and other storm drain improvements.


Projects Supported:


  • Countywide flood study
  • Countywide stream restoration initiatives
  • Countywide residential flooding control initiatives

Economic Development


The Rapid Re-Employment Grant initiative will subsidize salary costs for 12 weeks to 416 businesses that hire 1,417 unemploiyed County Residents.


Additional grants will be awarded to 9 arts organizations to help maintain their viability as survices providers to County residents. A new grant program will support up to 4 businesses and related spending estimated to result in a 20% increase in County film projects.


Projects Supported:


  • Right-of-First Refusal
  • Rapid Re-Employment
  • Housing Rehabilitation Assistance
  • Continuting Arts and Cultural Creation in Prince George's County