News Flash

All News

Posted on: April 27, 2021

Emergent needs addressed in first round of ARPA allocations by Pierce County Council

News Release

Office of the Pierce County Council

facebook.jpg    twitter.jpg  

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
April 27, 2021

Economic stabilization topped the list of emergent funding needs the Pierce County Council tackled Tuesday with its first round of American Rescue Plan Act funding allocations.

In a unanimous vote Council allocated an initial $50.5 million in federal funds to help the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This bill addresses the emergent needs of people and businesses who are hurting in our community, as well as confirms our continued response to the pandemic itself,” said Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young. “It also represents the foundation of our recovery. The Council’s strategic investments now and through future appropriations will support our mid- to long-term needs and rebuild Pierce County stronger than it was before the crisis.”

Pierce County expects to receive nearly $175 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for use over the next four years. The first half – roughly $88 million – is expected to be delivered to the county in early May.

The first round of allocation included adding another $4 million to the Rollback Relief Grant Program. Council approved the program earlier this month, dedicating an initial $4 million from the general fund to support small, local businesses with grants up to $10,000. The total amount now available through the program is $8 million.

Additional funding allocations approved by Council included:

  • $5 million to support entrepreneurship and technical assistance grants with a focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
  • $2.4 million for housing and homelessness.
  • $2 million to support local food banks and pantries.
  • $1.5 million for a summer jobs program to return people to work.
  • $1.5 million for summer youth support programs.

Council also dedicated $3 million to Pierce County’s court system to help address a backlog of cases due to the pandemic. To see the full list of funding allocations view Ordinance 2021-32 online.

Roughly $37 million remains to be allocated from the county’s first round of ARPA funding. In the coming weeks Council will begin review of mid- and long-term needs facing the county with a focus on allocating funding to make sustainable improvements.

The approved ordinance now goes to Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier for signature. Once the county receives the federal funding, work will begin to get the money into the community as quickly as possible. More information will be shared as programs are up and running and applications available.

###

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brynn Grimley, Communications Manager

Office of the Pierce County Council

O: 253-798-7761 | C: 253-820-6896

[email protected] 

  

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in All News

Apply for a historic preservation grant

Posted on: September 3, 2021

Primary Election at a glance

Posted on: July 15, 2021

Huge Creek receives new culvert

Posted on: June 21, 2021
medicaid pierceADRC

Learn the basics of Medicaid

Posted on: May 3, 2021

Tools and techniques to avoid scams

Posted on: February 17, 2021
talking with your doctor

Get the most out of your doctor visit

Posted on: January 29, 2021

Help shape the future of Orangegate Park

Posted on: December 15, 2020

Apply for a historic preservation grant

Posted on: November 24, 2020

Fantasy Lights opens Nov. 21

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Spread love, not the flu this year

Posted on: October 22, 2020
MAC and TSOA training

New supports for caregivers at home

Posted on: October 9, 2020

Haunted Headlights tickets now on sale

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Pierce County property taxes due by Nov. 2

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Funny film explores outsourcing retirement

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Get the most out of your doctor visit

Posted on: January 6, 2020

County observes Thanksgiving holiday

Posted on: November 27, 2019

Thornewood Castle to host Council meeting

Posted on: November 27, 2019

Film focuses on early onset dementia

Posted on: October 23, 2019

Nov. 5 General Election at a glance

Posted on: October 23, 2019

County observes Veterans Day

Posted on: November 11, 2020

District Court early closure, Sept. 16

Posted on: September 7, 2016
Labor Day

County observes Labor Day, Sept. 5

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Heat advisory notice and options

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Tips for staying safe on 4th of July

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Grandparenting has a new look

Posted on: June 1, 2016

Passing of Robin McKinney

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Jury duty scams on the rise

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Pierce County is looking to lease

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Video News: Best of the last 10 years

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Video News: Best of 2015

Posted on: December 29, 2015
Treecycle image

Treecycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 22, 2015

Emergency Operations Center open

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: December 7, 2015

County observes Veterans Day

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Video News: The Trails of Pierce County

Posted on: October 9, 2015
CPR_Flyer.jpg

Free CPR Sunday event at Foss High School

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Parks and Recreation Touch A Truck event

Posted on: September 8, 2015

County observes Labor Day

Posted on: September 4, 2015

Police help seniors to be safe at home

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Video News: Best of the U.S. Open

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Referendum qualifies for ballot

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: July 6, 2015

County observes Independence Day

Posted on: July 2, 2015

Excessive heat advisory issued

Posted on: June 25, 2015

County observes Presidents' Day on Feb. 16

Posted on: February 13, 2015

Boundary Review Board seeks applicants

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Road work postponed on 66th Avenue East

Posted on: February 6, 2015

County observes MLK on Jan. 19

Posted on: January 16, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Learn how to use Social Security

Posted on: December 30, 2014

Video News: Best of 2014 Special

Posted on: December 29, 2014

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 22, 2014

Dementia: Setting the Record Straight

Posted on: November 3, 2014

District Court early closure on Sept. 12

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Your feet may be telling you something

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Video News: Farming Special

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Video News: Tourism Special

Posted on: July 24, 2014

County offices closed May 26

Posted on: May 26, 2013

Video News: Farming Special

Posted on: April 3, 2014

Pay your property taxes online

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Brookdale Road sewer project resumes

Posted on: March 7, 2014

County offices closed Feb. 17

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Sheriff's Community Academy openings

Posted on: February 7, 2014

County offices closed Jan. 20

Posted on: January 17, 2014

County Council elects Dan Roach as chair

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Homeless Coalition seeks volunteers

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Video News: Aviation Special

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Video News: Best of 2013 Special

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Video News: 2013 Economic Special

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Tips to treecycle your Christmas tree

Posted on: December 20, 2013

New levee will protect people, help salmon

Posted on: December 19, 2013

County offices closed Nov. 11

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Tips to prepare now for flood season

Posted on: November 4, 2013

Learn how to decipher Health Care Reform

Posted on: October 21, 2013
Pierce County Votes badge

‘I Voted’ badge goes digital

Posted on: October 17, 2013