Medford-City is Asking for Community Feedback on How to Spend COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Funds

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Can Be Used to Address Systemic Public Health and Economic Challenges

(MEDFORD)—The City will be distributing surveys to engage and solicit feedback from the public on where to invest federal COVID-19 response funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced.

Medford is receiving over $48 million in APRA funds, distributed in installments until 2025, and after allocating a percentage to existing fiscal needs such as revenue replacement (over $19 million), some of the over $20 million remaining will be invested directly into community projects, programs and initiatives.

Surveys will be available to public in multiple languages to help City staff determine where this money will have the most impact. Hard copies will be available at:

Medford Public Library
Medford High School
Council on Aging
Medford Housing Authority
West Medford Community Center

Digital versions of the survey can be found on the City’s website at medfordma.org/arpa, or by clicking the links below in the following languages:

English
Kreyòl ayisyen
Português
Español
العربية

If you’d like to volunteer to help the City distribute these surveys at various points throughout the community, please send an e-mail to dtejera@medford-ma.gov

About the American Rescue Plan Act
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This fund is administered by the US Department of the Treasury. The ARPA provides an estimated $1.9 trillion in stimulus to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides $350 billion for states, municipalities, counties, tribes, and territories, including $130 billion for local governments split evenly between municipalities and counties.

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