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American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz proposal for spending 10% of RI's $1.13 B in ARPA funds.

Community Services

$5M Community grants for community driven mutual aid work (includes all covid, rent relief, and education outreach efforts)

$1M rapid job retraining program for retired healthcare workers and first responders

$500k broadband - hire and planning

$500k free wifi pilot (12 months in areas in Providence and Woonsocket)

Child and Youth Services

$4M Child care services grants (startups, stabilization)

$3M DCYF employee supports

$2M Mental health resources in schools

$2M Early childhood development programs

Affordable Housing

$46M low income and affordable housing (Phase 1)

  • $40M - Acquire and Renovate Superman Building (by Eminent Domain, if necessary)
  • Low Income + Affordable Units
  • Housing all community organizations conducting mutual aid in building
  • $6M - Multifamily Low Income Housing Purchases

$8M Homelessness

  • Shelters (South County + Providence)
  • Small housing units

Public Transportation

$7M Free RIPTA Bus Fares for Essential Workers and Historically Underserved Communities (A pilot towards comprehensive free busing system)

Business Services

$20M Supplemental Wage Program  (Pilot Phase - 1200 people, up to $1280/month, up to 12 months)

  • Program works through employers with a preference towards micro - and small - business employees conducting essential work, and other prioritized work areas.
  • Prioritize: Child care workers and essential workers in healthcare, first responders, education, food service industry

$5M Business COVID Support

$5M Direct grants to micro-businesses

$2M Grants to hospitality, tourism, travel

$2M Hazard Pay for essential works and healthcare workers

For the remaining 90%, we will prioritize healthcare infrastructure towards a comprehensive and free community health system, education funding to address early education, language learning services, and a statewide after-school program. In proportion to the needs defined by allocation of the 10% described, we will invest heavily in affordable housing, public transportation, and business programs that support micro-businesses and minimum wage earners.

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