The American Rescue Plan Act Three Years Later

Powering Life Changing Community Initiatives

In March of 2021, with the nation still reeling from the catastrophic economic and health impacts of the COVID pandemic, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. In doing so, he brought immediate relief to Americans across the country, helping more than 8 million people stay in their homes, bringing down the cost of healthcare, leading to the lowest child poverty rates in American history, and helping more than 200,000 childcare centers remain open. 

In addition, the American Rescue Plan Act included the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, investing in state and local governments with flexibility for them to address the immediate public health issues, as well as the biggest challenges facing their communities, so many of which were underscored and exacerbated during COVID. 

Through these investments, communities across the nation continue to experience ARPA’s impacts. States and localities are building affordable housing for their most vulnerable residents, creating pathways to good-paying jobs in high demand fields, supporting local small business growth, and connecting more people to high speed internet. Use the map below or download the PDF to explore recent case studies that serve as models for effective use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

  • Third Year Anniversary Case Studies
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