In total, the City of Lynn will receive approximately $75 million in ARPA funds over the course of the next two years. All of the funding must be committed by December 31, 2024 and fully expended by December 31, 2026. To date, the City of Lynn has dedicated $13.5 million to improving the air quality in its municipal-owned buildings by replacing and upgrading the HVAC systems throughout public buildings in the community. $500,000 has been directed to purchase rapid COVID antigen test kits and $3 million was allocated to the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC) for small business relief grants. The remaining $58 million will be dedicated toward initiatives and priorities which will be developed through robust community engagement. In order to receive input from as many of the City’s diverse population as possible, $800,000 was allocated for city-wide translators.
Seek extensive input and feedback from the community to help structure the City’s use of ARPA funding.
Design a transparent, accessible, and equitable project proposal process for allocating funds.
Prioritize projects, people, businesses, and organizations with a focus on those most impacted by COVID-19.
Leverage other state and federal resources to maximize Lynn’s ARPA funding.
Cover the City’s costs to administer ARPA funds.
Since the onset of the community engagement process for ARPA spending and project selection, the City has been working to gather input through traditional grassroots means and a multi-faceted online approach. Outreach efforts included connecting with community stakeholders, canvassing neighborhoods, distributing press releases, email blasts, social media posts, and setting up in-person and virtual community meetings in each Ward.
In early February, a community survey was developed and distributed to help the City of Lynn develop a transparent, strategic, and equitable plan for federal ARPA funding. The survey was designed for the purpose of understanding the impact of the pandemic on city residents and to gather a sense of community stakeholders’ priorities for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. During the month of May, the public was invited to attend several workshops for an opportunity to collaborate with staff to help submit their project suggestions and proposals.
Feedback from the City’s community outreach highlighted particular needs to address parks and green space, the cost of housing, improvements to roadways and sidewalks, and litter. The City’s recommendations are in line with those priorities, taking into account priorities from the City’s ARPA Scoring Matrix such as the implementation timeline and project sustainability (i.e., the reality that the finding is a one-time revenue source).
We hope you will be able to join us for an overview of the project selection process on June 28, 2022 at 6:00PM in the
Lynn Auditorium located at 3 City Hall Square Lynn, MA 01901.
The meeting will be recorded and streamed LIVE on LynnTV.org and the City’s Facebook Page.
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