Board celebrates two-year anniversary of the ARPA law by highlighting investments made in the community
March 9, 2023
SOLANO COUNTY – This Saturday marks the second anniversary of the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and after nearly two years of careful deliberation, the Solano County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the full allocation of the $86.9 million received in ARPA funding through strategic investments in more than 50 projects within the community. The Board’s investments of federal ARPA dollars will help ensure that all Solano County residents experience a fair and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic health emergency.
“I am pleased to report that our Board was successful in coming together to allocate the ARPA funds in support of multiple project areas throughout the community,” said John M. Vasquez, District 4 Supervisor and Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Because of these strategic investments, our residents will have more access to affordable housing, high-speed internet, clean and reliable drinking water, health and wellness programing, a more enjoyable parks experience, and an increase in services that support our most vulnerable populations – just to name a few.”
Prior to making any investments with ARPA funds, the Board engaged the public on multiple occasions to get insight and suggestions on how funding should be allocated, including hosting a community survey, reviewing data on community needs, hearing from subject matter experts, and by receiving multiple presentations from County staff. After careful deliberation, the Board made investments in the areas of public health, behavioral health, workforce training, small business development, emergency food, children and youth, affordable housing, water and broadband infrastructure, parks improvements, non-profits and infrastructure to support the unhoused population.
The American Rescue Plan was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The fund is intended to assist local governments nationwide with COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Based on population and other factors in a federal calculus, Solano County received $86.9 million in federal ARPA funding.
The County’s finance staff will closely monitor all funding and expenses as projects get underway in the community. For more information, please refer to the American Rescue Plan Act link on the Solano County website at www.SolanoCounty.com/ARPA .