American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)


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The COVID-19 pandemic created an international emergency, resulting in the need for life-saving public health measures to control the spread of the virus. This included emergency orders that followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Safety measures included allowing the operation of essential businesses only, limited capacity in many businesses and other actions.

San Antonio along with the rest of the world experienced an unprecedented health and economic disruption. Beginning in March 2020 through December 2020, the United States Congress passed several legislative actions to aid in the COVID-19 response efforts. The City of San Antonio has greatly benefited from these legislative actions to include the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. The funds allocated by the City of San Antonio to the response to COVID-19 is approximately $680 million with over 75% of the funds coming from the federal funds. With this allocation the City Council established the Emergency Response, Health Implementation and Recovery and Resilience Plan and other CARES programs that continue to support San Antonio residents. Please visit the Recovery & Resiliency page to learn more about the funds received by the City and funded programs.

The most recent legislative action approved by the US Congress is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This web page is designed to provide you with information about ARPA.

What is ARPA?

Established in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) approved a $1.9 trillion federal relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The act aids American families, small businesses, industries, and local governments.

Under the American Rescue Plan, almost 20% of the funds were allocated to State, Local and Tribal Governmental entities. This includes an allocation of $326.9M for San Antonio. The Treasury will disburse the funds over 2 years, (May 2021 and May 2022). The funds must be allocated by 2024 and spent by 2026.

How will ARPA funds be allocated?

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The City has a two-phased strategic approach to allocate ARPA funds.

Phase One

$97.5 million in ARPA funds were approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget of which $46.5 million was allocated to the General Fund and $51 million to the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund (HOT). These funds stabilized the City budget, provided revenue loss recovery, and helped address immediate community needs. With ARPA funds, the City was able to provide staffing and governmental services to pre-pandemic levels.

Phase Two

Phase Two is in progress and is expected to continue through January 2022. The City of San Antonio will be seeking input on community needs and impactful investments. We will need your participation to understand your priorities to allocate funds.

What can ARPA funds be used for?

Eligible uses include:

Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss

Use funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic.

Support Public Health Response

Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.

Address Negative Economic Impacts

Respond to economic harms to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector. Allows premium pay for essential workers.

Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure

Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand broadband access.