Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin on Aug. 12 released an online data story showing how $1.28 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds allocated to the city of Los Angeles will be used to meet the revenue challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“How the American Rescue Plan Is Impacting L.A.” breaks down how ARP funds will be used to pay for local public services and initiatives, and it includes graphs, diagrams and interactive charts illustrating the magnitude of the city’s unexpected revenue difficulties.
“When the pandemic hit, the city’s revenue projections suddenly changed, putting essential public services at risk,” Galperin said. “The infusion of federal American Rescue Plan dollars allows Los Angeles and local governments across the nation to maintain these services and concentrate on a more equitable recovery.”
Los Angeles was projecting another year of revenue growth, but once COVID-19 hit, overall revenue projections declined. Approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, the ARP provided $1.9 trillion in much-needed support to individuals, families and state and local governments throughout the U.S. The state of California, L.A. County and the city of Los Angeles are all receiving ARP funds, with the city slated to get a total of $1.28 billion over the course of a year — $640 million in May 2021 and the remainder in May 2022.
The city will use the funding for programs to alleviate homelessness ($181 million); prevention, services, shelter programs, support and clean-ups ($136 million); domestic violence shelter expansion and a human trafficking shelter pilot program ($4 million); neighborhood service enhancements ($30 million); justice and equitable neighborhoods investments ($133 million); alleys and pedestrian safety improvements ($15 million); tree planting ($2 million); and COVID-19 response and recovery ($40 million).
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