American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. Funds from the ARPA were distributed to the community through several sources which include direct payments to individuals and businesses, direct allocations to schools and State and local governments, and increased funding to other Federal programs. The ARPA created the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) program to deliver $350 billion for state, territories, municipalities, counties, and Tribal governments to help cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lane County anticipates receipt of approximately $74 million, to be paid in two equal payments over the next twelve months. The first payment of $37 million was received in May 2021. Projects and use of funds are under development. 

In addition to the CSLFRF, Lane County received separate funding through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. COVID-19 has exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and that has exacerbated deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery that must work for everyone. To meet this need, the Emergency Rental Assistance program, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Lane County established the Emergency Rent Relief of Lane County (ERRLC) program to provide rent and utility assistance. The ERRLC provides assistance to low-income households for rent and home heating and energy bills. ARPA payments can be applied to electricity, gas, wood, pellets, oil and propane. (See links on the right side of the page.)