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Resources & Updates

Below, you will find a brief explainations of the key provisions of the American Rescue Plan.

Affordable Housing

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​$100 million in housing counseling
  • $5 billion for assistance for people experiencing homelessness
  • $5 billion for emergency housing vouchers
  • $100 million for rural rental assistance
  • $9.9 billion for mortgage and utility assistance
  • Additional funding for fair housing organizations

Broadband

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​Funds provided directly to municipalities can be used for expenses related to broadband.
  • Additionally, the ARP provides more than $7 billion to the Federal Communications Commission to help schools and libraries ensure that students can fully participate in remote learning.​

Emergency Rental Assistance

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​$21.55 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance to augment $25 billion in funding provided to states, localities, and territories in December 2020 relief package

Local Investments

What the ARP Provides:

  • Local, direct fiscal relief funds from the ARP can be used for local economic recovery purposes, including:

    • Assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits
    • Assistance to hard-hit industries like tourism, travel, and hospitality
    • Infrastructure investment

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​$3.88 billion to expand on the investments made in the year-end 2020 package to increase availability of treatment

Small Business Relief

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​$10 billion for the SSBCI to help states support small businesses as they recover from the pandemic
  • $15 billion in new funding for Targeted EIDL grants
  • $28.6 billion in direct relief to the restaurant industry
  • $1.25 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program
  • PPP eligibility is expanded, as is the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

Transit

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​$30.4 billion of relief funding to transit agencies to prevent layoffs of transit workers and prevent severe cuts to transit services (provided as formula grants based on operating costs) 
  • Additional funding to support ongoing transit construction projects
  • Additional funding to preserve intercity bus service

Unemployment

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​Extension of the federal unemployment insurance bump that is added to all unemployment benefits at the current law amount of $300 
  • Extensions of program that expands unemployment eligibility for the self-employed, gig workers, freelancers and others in non-traditional employment
  • Makes additional weeks of benefits available to workers who exhaust their state benefits

Water and Wastewater

What the ARP Provides:

  • ​Funds provided directly to municipalities can be used for water and wastewater expenses.
  • Additionally, the law includes $4.5 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and $500 million for low-income water assistance.