American Rescue Plan: Investing in Washington County
ARPA provides communities with significant new resources to address homelessness, including 70,000 emergency housing vouchers and $5 billion in grants through the HOME Investment Partnerships program.
Because of the American Rescue Plan Act, WIC received funds to improve access to fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables.
Emergency Rental Assistance is available for renters needing assistance and residing in Washington County, our agency partner Community Action administers the funds.
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.
Washington County COVID-19 December Community Engagement NewsletterRelease date: 12/21/2021
Current and new WIC participants will receive extra fruit and vegetable benefits through March 2022UPDATED: 12/06/2021
Board of County Commissioners approve the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Act tranche one investment areas.Release date: 09/16/2021
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:
- 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
- State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds 2021 Report
- Board briefing
10/22/2021 Presentation for Local Leaders (Video Presentation)
09/18/2021 Public Town Hall (Video Presentation)
Presentation Materials (PDF)
- Quarterly report