BEYOND THE BELTWAY
American Rescue Plan Continues to Improve Housing, Food Security, Broadband and More in Communities Nationwide
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!
This week’s edition features major investments in community services from Florida to Washington (state, that is), including affordable housing, broadband infrastructure, food security, and the Indiana State Library.
All of these funds are being used to meet the unique needs of communities nationwide thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
FLORIDA: The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners approved an investment of $16.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to increase access to affordable housing by renovating a 96-unit multifamily rental building for families facing housing challenges. [story]
TENNESSEE: The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development invested $12.9 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand affordable broadband access to rural residents of Monroe County. [story]
COLORADO: Denver will use $1 million in interest of American Rescue Plan funding (that’s an investment on an investment!) to hold food box distribution events and give grocery gift cards to local residents facing food insecurity. [story]
INDIANA: The Hoosier State has awarded the Indiana State Library $3.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support public libraries and library services. Libraries across the state can apply for funding through the program. [story]
WASHINGTON: The Spokane County Commission is investing $675,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to replace and modernize irrigation systems in four community parks, reducing water consumption with technology that adjusts delivery of water to weather conditions. [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.