American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

About The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), also known as ARPA, into law. The $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. ARPA allocates hundreds of billions of dollars for public health and vaccines, assistance for vulnerable populations, education and housing stabilization, economic recovery assistance and direct assistance.


About 19% of ARPA funds are dedicated to the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF). These funds are sent to nearly every State, Tribal Nation, County, City, Town, and Village across the country--including Somerville. Funds can be used for the following purposes: responding to the COVID19 pandemic and its negative impacts; to provide premium pay to essential workers who worked during the COVID19 pandemic; to replace government's lost revenue; and to make investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. Funds must be obligated by December 31st, 2024 and fully spent by December 31st, 2026. Please see the "Additional Resources" section below for more information.

$61,700,944

MUNICIPAL ALLOCATION

The funds given directly to the City

$15,803,226

MIDDLESEX COUNTY ALLOCATION

The funds given to our county which were then passed on to us

$77,504,170

TOTAL SOMERVILLE ALLOCATION

All of the funds we can spend

Additional Resources




  • The Mayor's ARPA Advisory Committee is currently meeting to create a statement of community values and set of funding priorities for ARPA projects. The Advisory Committee members are:
    • Leiran Biton
    • Clemintina Cabral
    • Leslie Hergert
    • Justin Hong
    • Ahmed Ismail
    • Cate Mingoya-Lafortune
    • Izaene Santiago Pereira
    • Consuelo J. Perez
    • Judy Pineda-Neufeld
    • Susan Putnins
    • Jhenny Saint-Surin
    • Arah Schuur
    • Morgan Simko