American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA)
Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams’ 2022 American Recovery Act Plan (ARPA) Request
Helping Lower Income Residents ($14.5 million)
• Affordable Housing Program to further efforts to build affordable units in the city. This money can be used as matching funds or direct assistance to projects that meet Department of Building and Housing (DBHD} standards and approvals. ***Criteria developed by DBHD*** $8 million.
• $10,000 home repairs for homeowner-occupied units with residents 250% the 2022 HHS poverty rate or below. Payments would be directly paid to vendors on pre-approved work after the work completed is confirmed. ***Criteria developed by DBHD*** $5 million.
• Payment of delinquent trash utility bills for residents 250% the 2022 HHS poverty rate or below from months between March 2020 and March 2022. $1 million.
• Grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses affected by the pandemic. ***Criteria and application process for this would be developed by DBHD*** $500,000.
Beautification, Parks and Recreation ($10 million)
• A Water Park, with spray area, lazy river, slides, ADA-zero entry points, concession and community space designed for families, located in South Harrisburg. $8 million.
• ADA-accessible playground equipment for children with special needs. This will allow for all children in the City to have access to playgrounds. $1.5 million.
• Tree removal and pruning for trees that are marked for removal or pruning on private property. Parks and Recreation Works will work with seniors and homeowners at 250% the 2022 HHS poverty rate or below to target trees that pose danger to the public. $500,000.
Public Safety ($9.16 million)
• Public Safety Building HVAC System Replacement – Given the age and critical disrepair of the current HVAC system, and the antiquated layout and design as it relates to combating airborne illness. $5.5 million.
• Bonuses of $5,000 for Police Officers and Firefighters with the city as of 1/1/2022. $1.26 million.
• Upgraded radio system for the Fire Bureau – With the city responding to calls outside of the city and the current aging system not fully functional in the county, this will allow us to better respond to events that happen throughout the community. $900,000.
• Demolition of dilapidated and abandoned houses – The city has demolished two properties this year, with bids out for three additional properties and six more ready for demolition this year using current funding of $139,000 from the general fund and $51,000 from Community Development Block Grants. By putting this additional money into this program, we can cut the backlog of properties currently on the list ready for demolition (42 houses) and look towards expanding the program. $1.5 million.
Lost Revenue ($8.8 million) – Money approved in 2022 budget