American Rescue Plan: Investing in Washington County

 


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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

 

Emergency Rental Assistance program

Community Resources

‎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. ‎

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Community Engagement

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.

Small Business

Economic Recovery

Economic Recovery Opportunities for small business and others


ARPA News in Washington County

Historic Community Engagement Partnership Unites Local Governments for Equitable Pandemic Recovery

Release date: 03/24/2022
Washington County and the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro are collaborating to center racial equity in developing and implementing a community engagement strategy to mitigate inequities created and exacerbated by the pandemic.

Washington County recognized for effective use of federal funds for pandemic response and recovery

Release date: 02/10/2022
Washington County’s community investment framework recognized nationally for the use of American Rescue Plan funding.

Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI)

UPDATED: 02/18/2022
The purpose of this Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) is to solicit organizations that have interest in partnering with Washington County on near-term workforce development initiatives targeted at addressing local pandemic era workforce challenges.

Washington County COVID-19 Community Engagement Newsletter

UPDATED: 03/31/2022
Washington County COVID-19 Community Engagement Newsletter

 


 

Tentative Schedule for American Rescue Plan Act

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:

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

 

  • Yearly Report (Check back for more)

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ARPA Presentations