Maricopa County releases spending breakdown of funds from American Rescue Plan

Sep 1, 2021, 4:25 AM
(File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)...
(File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Maricopa County is providing a resource for people who want to know how the county is spending the $435 million in federal funding provided as part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this year.

A COVID-19 rescue funds dashboard was recently launched by the county that provides a spending breakdown for each key rescue effort, such as public health response to the virus, individual and family support as well as aid for businesses.

“This new COVID-19 funding dashboard will provide the transparency to Maricopa County residents that they deserve about how their federal dollars are being spent to help their community recover,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers said in a press release Tuesday.

“It is a way to keep our government efficient and accountable. Our goal is to distribute these funds in an equitable way across our community, with a focus on areas disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

The dashboard shows $410 million of the total federal funding granted has been allocated, with just under $6.5 million of it having been spent.

More than a quarter, $136 million, has been allocated to COVID-19 public health response, which includes money for new health clinics and vaccine availability.

The rest of the allocation for the federal funds are below:

  • $75.5 million for individuals and family programs, including for seniors and persons with disabilities and behavioral health and addiction recovery.
  • $60 million to support local businesses struggling due to the pandemic.
  • $40 million to secure affordable housing.
  • $25 million to support workforce efforts across the county.
  • $20 million to help residents with rent and mortgage assistance.

Fund allocation and spending will be updated on the dashboard at the end of each month, according to the website.

The county provided a similar dashboard for the $399 million of federal funds disbursed from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

More than half of the money ($209.8 million) went to essential health and emergency response that provided COVID-19 testing and vaccines to millions of people, according to an executive summary letter from Sellers.

Other funding from the act was spent on financial assistance to more than 3,300 small businesses, rent and utility aid to more than 6,000 households and grants for dozens of nonprofits and food banks.

As schools were forced to transition to remote learning due to the pandemic, the funding also provided more than 57,000 hot spots and devices to schools, Sellers said.

“I believe these efforts are one reason why Arizona’s economy is in a stronger position than most a year and a half into the pandemic,” Sellers said.

“Now, the county is putting new federal dollars to work through the American Rescue Plan Act.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

The Colorado River Basin supplies water to 40 million people in seven western states. (Photo by Jus...
Kevin Stone

Arizona leaders call out California on Colorado River water negotiations

Arizona politicians are calling for more cooperation from California in negotiations over Colorado River water supply distribution.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Public Service)...

APS boss says big rate hike necessary to keep up with customer demand

The president of Arizona's largest public utility said Wednesday a proposed monthly base rate hike of at least 23% is necessary but most customers would not see that large an increase.
13 hours ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona Chamber of Commerce president says Super Bowl could bring state up to $2 billion

Danny Seiden, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, projects the state to strongly benefit from the Super Bowl.
13 hours ago
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, left, wants to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayor...

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona aims to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona plans to unveil articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of border security.
13 hours ago
Beyoncé (Carlijn Jacobs Photo)...

Beyoncé announces Renaissance World Tour with metro Phoenix stop

Get ready for a royal visit, as Queen B herself, Beyoncé, is bringing her 2023 stadium tour to the State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
13 hours ago
Steven Ryan Michael (Peoria Police Department Photo)...

Man arrested after allegedly sexually abusing jogger in Peoria

A Phoenix man was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually abusing a woman who was jogging in Peoria, authorities said.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Maricopa County releases spending breakdown of funds from American Rescue Plan