CLEVELAND – As a part of the requirements of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, the City of Cleveland submitted its first Recovery Plan Interim Performance Report on August 31, 2021. Earlier this year, the City was allocated $511,721,590 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from ARPA. This total funding amount is the eighth largest award in the nation and presents a unique opportunity for the City to:
- Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to help bring the pandemic under control;
- Replace lost public sector revenue to support vital public services;
- Support economic stabilization for residents and businesses; and
- Address systemic, institutionalized disparities, inequity and racism.
The submitted Interim Performance Report builds from the City’s overriding principles on how best to support residents and businesses as they recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These principles include protecting the public from negative health impacts, positioning the community to be ready to take advantage of the recovery, and working to make sure that all people and businesses are better off as a result of the recovery efforts. View the report here.
“The $511 million the City received will help the broader Cleveland community overcome the health and economic impacts COVID-19 has wrought on residents and businesses,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “But, it is also a once in a generation opportunity to address the inequities, disparities and institutional racism that has kept many of our residents from benefiting from a high quality of life.”
To support this work, the City developed an extensive community engagement strategy that resulted in the submission of more than 2,000 ideas. These ideas are being reviewed and incorporated into the longer-term planning for how to utilize these funds.
Under ARPA, all cities with a population that exceeds 250,000 residents are required to produce a Recovery Plan Performance Report that provides information on any projects or programs funded by the City using SLFRF, how the community has been engaged in the process, how the City is ensuring program outcomes are achieved in an effective and equitable manner, and to track and report programmatic success and outcomes.
This report submitted today is the first in a regular series of reports that are required under SLFRF rules, and covers all of the City’s activity through July 31, 2021. All SLFRF money needs to be allocated by December 31, 2024 and fully expended by December 31, 2026.
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