American Rescue Plan Act
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law to provide federal funding to local governments for response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $121.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds that Lake County allocated in 2020 to support our residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARPA will provide $135.2 million in direct local recovery assistance to Lake County Government. The funding that Lake County received will support projects and programs to improve lives, solve problems, and make our County more resilient to future challenges.
The Lake County Board is committed to both addressing immediate pandemic response needs and pursuing long-term equity-informed initiatives. Lake County’s focus is to maximize strategic investments that will benefit residents for years to come by funding improved outcomes rather than short-term fixes. Learn more by viewing Lake County's annual recovery plans:
Lake County is seeking resident input on community needs as we consider how to best utilize a portion of our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. ARPA allocations must be within the following funding categories: public health, community and household assistance, economy and business, and infrastructure and facilities. How can we best provide the greatest impact and benefit to move Lake County forward, make our residents healthier and assist those most impacted by COVID-19?
Complete the Survey by August 11th, 5 p.m.
Provide your suggestions by participating in an online survey. Individuals can access the survey in English and Spanish.
Learn More. Attend An Event
Lake County has held several events, both in-person and virtual, to give residents an opportunity to learn more, share information, and provide their input. Resident feedback will help Lake County to better understand community needs to aid in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The final community input night will be held in person on August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.
Counties have broad discretion over how to spend ARPA resources, but there are constraints set by the US Treasury that Lake County must follow. Lake County has established task forces across five categories that align with the US Treasury’s compliance guidance
Below is a summary of the task forces with a sampling of programs and projects that are being funded:
- Software and technologies that support vaccine distribution, testing, contact tracing.
- Establishment of a COVID Call Center to support Lake County’s residents.
- Funding for behavioral healthcare, to include mental health support services.
Community & Household Assistance
- Funding food distribution programs for the homeless and those in need.
- Creating and preserving affordable housing in different areas throughout Lake County.
- Construction of a permanent shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Staffing the administration of Lake County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
- Providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
Economic & Business Investment
- Initiatives to support Lake County’s hospitality businesses and promote tourism.
- Programs that incentivize hospitality organizations to host large events in Lake County to support greater economic activity.
Infrastructure & Facility Investment
- Funds for construction of a new 911 / Emergency Operations Center in Lake County
- Investments in Lake County’s wastewater treatment plants to update and improve treatment capabilities
- Drinking water quality improvements throughout Lake County
County Services Investment
- Purchase and storage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution and use across all of Lake County.
- Equipment and technologies to further improve voting by mail, and in-person.
- Programs that support a reduction in violent crimes and prevent gun violence
Strategic Plan Driven Recommendations
Lake County will utilize a number of community-driven and other organization-based strategic plans to serve as road maps to guide decisions for the future. The following are examples of plans that influence how Lake County prioritizes and invests resources:
- Lake County Strategic Plan
- Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan
- Community Health Improvement Plan
- Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (Ongoing)
The Lake County Board established a Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Investments. This committee is actively working to assess and prioritize potential projects and programs under the Lake County Forward initiative. Lake County continues to appropriate ARPA funds to meet immediate response needs, such as continuing food distribution and housing programs needed in response to COVID-19.
Watch Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Investments
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