Aguilar Announces Availability of American Rescue Plan Funding for San Bernardino County Local Governments
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the US Department of the Treasury has made Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds available to state and local governments as outlined by the American Rescue Plan, which included $350 billion to help state and local governments navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Eligible municipalities can find more information and submit their request for funding here. Local governments will receive 50 percent of available funds beginning this month and the remainder in approximately 12 months. Smaller cities not yet listed will receive their funding directly through an allocation from the State of California. The following cities in the 31st Congressional District are now eligible to apply for Recovery Funds:
“I helped pass the American Rescue Plan because our communities need relief. This funding will help us protect the jobs of our first responders and frontline workers and will allow local governments to continue providing essential services to San Bernardino County residents. I’ll continue working to deliver resources to the Inland Empire to help us come out of this crisis stronger than ever,” said Rep. Aguilar.
The Department of the Treasury has laid out the following guidelines for how these funds can be used:
- Support public health expenditures, by – among other uses – funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis;
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis
- Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities
- Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic; and,
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet.
Rep. Aguilar serves on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funding for federal programs.