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Statement of Interest – ARPA Funds

Posted on October 23, 2022

The City of Holyoke received nearly $40 million in American Rescue Plan Act -Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivered $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program ensures that governments have the resources needed to fight the pandemic and support families and businesses struggling with its public health and economic impacts, maintain vital public services, and build a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery by making investments that support long-term growth and opportunity.

The first disbursements of local ARPA funds were made in Fall 2021 and addressed critical public health concerns and immediate recovery needs.  Over the last year, the Mayor and city departments have been gathering information and strategizing on future recovery activities and ARPA allocations.  To date, the City has completed a Community Survey with nearly 700 responses and a Business Survey to guide response and recovery,

The City of Holyoke invites municipal departments, stakeholders, non-profits, and other organizations to identify critical community needs in the recovery from COVID-19 and to express their interest in the use of ARPA funds to advance COVID-19 response and recovery.   Information gathered through this process may also be used in development of the City’s FY2023 Annual Plan to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for CDBG, CDBG-CV and HOME Programs.
This solicitation for Statements of Interest is not an offer by the City of Holyoke for ARPA funding.  It is also not an application for ARPA or any other funding.  This process does not require the City to grant any amount of ARPA or other funding to any type of recipient or for any type of project.
Please review the US Treasury Overview of the Final Rule and the sample form prior to completing the Statement of Interest.    The Final Rule refers to Qualified Census Tracts located here in Holyoke.
Statements of Interest must be submitted through GoogleForms at this link:
Statements of Interest and other data points will be reviewed by the City and publicly presented to determine the most beneficial recovery and investment strategy.  Statements of Interest are due by November 18, 2022 to the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development.  Language translation and other accessible formats are available upon request.
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