American Rescue Plan: Investing in Washington County
In 2021, the U.S. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which allocated funds to ensure local governments can respond to the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic with special attention on addressing disproportionate impacts to marginalized populations. Washington County is receiving two allocations of $58 million that must be obligated by the end of 2024. The first phase of the County’s ARPA framework has included investments in surviving COVID-19, community stabilization and wellness, small business support, workforce development, community engagement, and continuity in government services.
Washington County is currently planning for the second ARPA phase. The Board of County Commissioners will finalize the planning process in summer 2022 and anticipates reviewing potential investment options throughout fall and winter 2022. This process includes centering community through a multijurisdictional engagement process as well as evaluating the learnings and outcomes from ARPA response and recovery programs to date. Washington County has been recognized nationally for our evidence-based approach to ARPA planning and will continue to take a thoughtful, strategic approach to community-wide recovery.
For questions regarding ARPA funding opportunities, please email Washington County’s ARPA Senior Program Coordinator, Dorian Russell, at: Dorian_Russell@co.washington.or.us
Community Action, in partnership with the County, is helping families and individuals with resources such as utility assistance, rent payments and educational programs for children.
Centering racial equity in ongoing pandemic recovery efforts, Washington County and the cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton are implementing a historic, shared approach to community engagement.
Economic Recovery Opportunities for small business and others
ARPA News in Washington County
Use of American Rescue Plan funding described in first annual reportRelease date: 07/29/2022
County partners with nine community organizationsRelease date: 07/11/2022
Washington County's Economic Development Program RecognizedRelease date: 06/30/2022
American Rescue Plan funds will provide water bill relief for thousands of householdsRelease date: 06/22/2022
Values and Principles
In September 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- City of Banks
- City of Beaverton
- City of Cornelius
- City of Durham
- City of Forest Grove
- City of Gaston
- City of Hillsboro
- King City
- City of Lake Oswego
- City of North Plains
- City of Rivergrove
- City of Sherwood
- City of Tigard
- City of Tualatin
- City of Wilsonville
American Rescue Plan Information and Resources
- U.S. Treasury
- League of Cities
- National Association of Counties
- Office of the Governor
- Results for America
Reports and Briefings
- American Rescue Plan Act Annual Report 2022
- State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds 2021 Report
- American Rescue Plan Washington County 2021 Report
- Board briefing
- 07/19/22 ARPA Planning Phase II Presentation to Board (Video) and Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 02/03/2022 COVID-19 Pandemic Projections Update and ARPA Considerations part 1 (Video) and part two (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 02/01/2022 ARPA Status Update to Board (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 10/22/2021 Presentation for Local Leaders (Video)
- 09/18/2021 Public Town Hall (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 09/07/2021 American Rescue Plan Act Tranche One Investment Areas Review and Approval (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 8/10/2021 Board Work Session Meeting - ARPA Proposed Economic Recovery and Community Engagement Investment Areas (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- 06/22/2021 Board Work Session Meeting ARPA Framework (Video) Presentation Materials (PDF)
- Quarterly Report
- Yearly Report
ARPA in Action: Watch these community resilance stories that highlight the importance of cross collaboration for investing federal funding into community.
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