American Rescue Plan: Investing in Washington County

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed through Congress and was signed by President Biden on Thursday, March 11, 2021. ARPA will provide the County with approximately $116 million in coronavirus relief funding through the U.S. Department of the Treasury from now until the end of 2024. The State of Oregon, some cities and other levels of government will receive American Rescue Plan funding as well. Many programs will be created with these funds to assist Washington County and the community in the response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back for updates on programs to come.


Tentative Schedule for American Rescue Plan Act

Latest News

Board of County Commissioners approve the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Act tranche one investment areas.

Release date: 09/16/2021
Investment areas include protecting public health and community wellness, continued operations, economic recovery and community engagement.

Board of Commissioners to host Town Hall about American Rescue Plan pandemic recovery investments

Release date: 09/07/2021
On Saturday, September 18, the Washington County Board of Commissioners will host a virtual Town Hall focused on pandemic response and recovery investment areas funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

Washington County releases RFI for Small Business Assistance in Underserved Communities

Release date: 07/27/2021
Washington County Request for Interest for Small Business and Entrepreneur Support.

Values and Principles

In June of 2021, the Washington County Board of Commissioners committed to pursuing these values and principles in Washington County's use of American Rescue Plan funds:

Values

  • Equity. By leading with racial equity, we can mitigate historical impacts, change persistent systemic issues, and achieve a more inclusive future.
  • Resilience. We will foster strong organizations, individuals, and systems that focus on long-term solutions.
  • Collaboration. We achieve better outcomes when we work together.
  • Good governance. We are responsible stewards of public trust and resources.

Principles

  • Center Racial Equity. Recognizing that systemic inequities are exacerbated by the pandemic, we will center racial equity by prioritizing investments and strategies tailored to historically and currently marginalized communities.
  • Invest in Public Health 1st. Addressing the pandemic will foster economic recovery. We will invest in public health first.
  • Leverage Multiple Resources. These are one-time funds. To transform systems that create community need, we will seek solutions that leverage multiple resources to amplify total impact.
  • Be Innovative. Proactive. Strategic. To achieve long-term outcomes, we will be innovative, proactive, and strategic. We will also balance those strategies with the need to react to immediate needs and issues.
  • Seek Collaborative Solutions. We work with and sustain partners—public, private, and community—to seek collaborative solutions. We recognize that community-based organizations play a special and integral role to our service delivery system.
  • Work with Transparency. We will conduct our work openly, with transparency, and by following a clear process that is accountable, data-driven, and builds on community wisdom.

Partner Organizations

American Rescue Plan Information and Resources

Reports and Briefings

09/18/2021 Public Town Hall (Video Presentation)

09/07/2021 American Rescue Plan Act Tranche One Investment Areas Review and Approval

06/22/2021 Board Work Session Meeting - ARPA Framework

8/10/2021 Board Work Session Meeting - ARPA Proposed Economic Recovery and Community Engagement Investment Areas

  • Quarterly report