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Chair Fletcher & Board of Supervisors Secure Several Pandemic Recovery Wins For Community, County Employees Using $650M American Rescue Plan Act Money

06/08/21

 

Chair Nathan Fletcher led the Board of Supervisors through the process today to allocate more than $650 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, securing several significant wins for homeless services, behavioral health, parents and youth, essential workers, businesses and San Diego County residents.

After exhausting community input, the Board of Supervisors developed 12 categories for the ARPA funding in April 2021 and then submitted proposals to the Chief Administrative Officer for how the money should be spent in each category. The CAO submitted a Board Letter for consideration, and Chair Fletcher moderated a deliberation that included stand-alone votes and some modifications  on each category. 

“We are making broad, balanced and strategic investments to help our region recover from COVID-19. The decisions today help support our County's response to the pandemic along with making significant investments in helping our small business community, families and youth, services for seniors and the unsheltered along with investments for infrastructure programs like broadband and clean water infrastructure,” said Chair Fletcher.“ The action this Board took today ensures children have mental healthcare; our local economy will be stimulated and the childcare workforce will grow; families will have increased access to healthy food; and essential workers will be compensated fairly.”     

Pages 18-25 of this linked memo outlined the items requested and championed by Chair Fletcher to be funded using ARPA funds, many of those requests have been fulfilled, including:

  • $232.5 million to for prior and ongoing COVID-19 response costs(Plus $75 million being held for future evaluation)
  • $32 million for mental health services to support children and youth in San Diego
  • $85 million for homeless services including the creation of a programs countywide to help people overcome addiction as part of an overall harm reduction strategy
  • $20 million for food assistance for vulnerable people and support for community gardens
  • $10 million for senior and youth services
  • $16 million for childcare to meet the growing demands of families by creating a pipeline of for more childcare workers, supportive grants for providers and vouchers directly to vulnerable populations to help cover costs of care
  • $40 million direct stimulus payments for populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
  • $15 million for legal services and counseling for tenant facing eviction and landlords in financial need
  • $56 million for small business and nonprofit stimulus (Including $5 million for arts community) with a focus on underserved communities and those hardest hit economically
  • $32 million for infrastructure projects such as improved stormwater improvements, broadband, fires districts, electric vehicle infrastructure, and environmental benefits
  • $36 million for county essential work premium pay (Hazard Pay)

In 2021 Chair Fletcher is creating a Framework for the Future of San Diego County. The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher is fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, government transparency, and fundamental changes to county operations.