American Rescue Plan Boosts Affordable Housing and Community Projects Nationwide

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!

This week’s edition features major investments in community-based services, including affordable housing, renters’ assistance, business development, and new community centers to bring people together.

All of these programs are thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which continues to have a major impact across the country…

  • MICHIGAN: The Michigan State Housing Development Authority board will use $63 million in American Rescue Plan funds to develop affordable housing, offer financial assistance to qualified renters to prevent evictions, provide support to local homeless service agencies and acquire and rehabilitate existing buildings for non-congregate shelter. [story]

  • WISCONSIN: Milwaukee received $44 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand affordable housing, assist homeowners, repair houses, and design a model for net-zero energy homes. [story]

  • MISSISSIPPI: Jackson will receive $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding for the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority, which will aid in developing businesses and resources for the underserved south side of the city. [story]

  • NORTH CAROLINA: The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will utilize American Rescue Plan funding and spend between $5 and $6 million to build two gymnasium community centers and expand local opportunities for residents. [story]

  • IOWA: The Des Moines City Council will invest around $19 million in American Rescue Plan funding to build a community center to replace an aging YMCA, expand affordable housing, and increase access to affordable child care. [story]

  • MAINE: Penobscot County commissioners are investing $200,000 of American Rescue Plan funds in community-based organizations that help Mainers fight mental illness and substance use disorder. [story]

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

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