American Rescue Plan Act
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides emergency relief funding to local governments. In May 2021, Clackamas County received approximately $40.6 million of these funds, and we will receive nearly the same amount after May 2022 (which must be spent by December 2024). Federal government regulations detail how this money can be used.
With these funds, Clackamas County is committed to supporting residents, first responders, businesses, nonprofits and other community partners who have been most impacted by COVID-19. Below, please find the five areas which funds can be allocated toward and their descriptions (as defined by the federal government), and how much of the $40.6 million we have currently allocated.
This page was last updated on Aug. 27, 2021.
How will the funds be dispersed?
As of Aug. 24, 2021, Clackamas County has allocated $17,150,000 of the $40,631,961 APRA funds received.
Support Public Health Response
This funding can go toward certain public health-related activities that help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and address treatment/care stemming from it. Thus far, Clackamas County has invested $1.5 million in the continued operation of our Emergency Operations Center, which has been staffed since COVID-19 was first detected in Oregon.
Address Negative Economic Impacts
This funding can go toward providing much needed relief to struggling local businesses, nonprofits, industries, workers, and other public sector entities. Thus far, Clackamas County has invested $4 million in business support, $6 million in nonprofit support, and $150,000 for local Business Recovery Centers.
Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss
This funding can go toward restoring lost funding that the county experienced in delivering its services. Thus far, Clackamas County has invested $0 dollars in this area.
Invest in Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure
This funding can go toward investments the county wants to make in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. Thus far, Clackamas County has invested $2.5 million in broadband infrastructure, specifically to expand the Clackamas Broadband Exchange to those lacking reliable internet connectivity.
Premium Pay for Essential Workers
This funding is intended to provide premium pay to workers who put themselves at the greatest risk during the pandemic, as their jobs required them to do so. Thus far, Clackamas County has invested $3 million in premium pay.
Prior to commissioners allocating the vast majority of the first round of APRA funding, in May 2021, Clackamas County invited residents to take an unscientific survey to gauge how the community values different uses of the funds. Our community responded! More than 3,600 people took the survey, which was the second-most survey responses in county history. The survey results were just one of many resources county commissioners rely on when making decisions about how best to invest funds.
- American Rescue Plan Act Phase 1 Broadband Expansion (Policy Session, 8-10-21)
- Commissioners start allocating ARPA funds (Press Release, 7-15-21)
- Continued Issues/American Rescue Plan Act Proposed Expenditures (Policy Session, 7-13-21)
- American Rescue Plan Act Payments Update and Board Feedback (Policy Session, 6-1-21)
- American Rescue Plan Act of 2021-COVID Relief (Policy Session, 3-30-21)