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What is ARPA Funding?

Overview of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on people’s lives, the level of impact has been uneven. The City of Lynn recognizes the unequal impact of the pandemic and intends to use the funds to build a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable community. We must work together to identify areas of our community that have fallen behind their neighbors in terms of quality of life and health outcomes.

The ARPA recovery funds provide a historic opportunity to improve the quality of our lives through affordable housing, food security, entrepreneurship and small business assistance, workforce development including childcare and digital access, mental and behavioral health, environmental investments, and infrastructure improvements. Together we are charged with identifying areas where one-time investments can have long-term benefits to our residents and community. Through close collaboration, we will enact solutions that allow for economic growth and development while making the right choices for our community and offering a level playing field across the board for all.

The City of Lynn must plan to recover fully and fairly and pursue growth that includes all of usAccomplishing this momentous task of recovery will require collaboration, planning, and foresight.

What Is ARPA Funding?

Signed into effect by President Biden on March 11, 2021, the
$1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) seeks to help the country recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic, providing emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.

The City of Lynn is expected to receive over $75 million dollars through ARPA. These funds will be dedicated to community initiatives identified during a community decision- making process. The City of Lynn is committed to working together with the community to hear from residents, small businesses, and community leaders on how these ARPA funds should be used. Additionally, the city, and its community partners will aggressively pursue additional funding opportunities that will become available through ARPA and any additional relief legislation.

Mayor Jared C. Nicholson, the Lynn City Council, together with community partners will evaluate all of the information provided through a City-wide engagement process and based upon that community input, determine priorities for ARPA spending and ultimately make recommendations for allocating the funds.

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