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American Rescue Plan Act

American Rescue Plan Act

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Overview

The City of Worcester anticipates receiving several million dollars from the U.S. Department of Treasury related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, in addition to other funds via the Commonwealth, and existing federal entitlement funds. While the federal guidance on some of the funding continues to evolve, the City welcomes citizen input on how those dollars may best be used in the community based on identified community and neighborhood needs. In an effort to reach as many residents as possible and allow for maximum citizen participation on this topic, the following survey is available for your participation.

The survey will be available from August 23, 2021 to October 1, 2021.

Please allow yourself a minimum of 30 minutes to complete the survey.

Survey

Most Important Needs

Like many cities, the City of Worcester faces challenges and opportunities as it continues to grow, attract new residents, while also providing a good quality of life for existing residents. Based on your observations, thoughts, and experiences in the community, what would you say are some of the most important City-wide community needs that the City could focus federal resources on helping to address?


Please limit your response to 25 words or 100 characters or less.

Most Important Issues

Many neighborhoods throughout the country face similar issues. Below is list of some of those. Thinking of your own experience and neighborhood, what would you say are the most common and most critically important issues to address (from the list)? Please choose the top four (4):















Other Neighborhood Needs

Are there any other neighborhood needs not identified above that you feel are important to state?


Please limit your response to 25 words or 100 characters or less.

Most Long Term Impact

Low income populations face many needs and obstacles in improving their lives and livelihood. From the list below, what do you feel are the services that will also have the most long term impact for improving and stabilizing a low income individual’s life? Please choose your top four (4):

















Priority Areas

The current guidance on use of funds associated with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is specific, yet flexible. Below are the current specific areas that have been identified as eligible uses of funds. Please choose the top three (3) you view as a priority for the City of Worcester:

  • Support for public health expenditures: for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Addressing negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency: including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replacing lost public sector revenue: using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Providing premium pay for essential workers: offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure: making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and storm water infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet (note: streets and road repair associated with above also eligible)







Eligible Uses

Based on the above, can you think of specific projects or programs that are underway, or could soon be underway, that fit the ARPA guidance for eligible uses, and that need funding? Please describe.


Please limit your response to 50 words or 200 characters or less.

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