American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA)

Mesa Program

The City of Mesa, Arizona received federal funding from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), to support the state, local and Tribal governments in their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.  ARPA funds may be used for the following broad categories:
  • Replace lost public sector revenue
  • Public Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19
  • Premium Pay
  • Water, Sewer & Broadband Infrastructure

Mesa allocated $105.5M in support of the City goals

  1. Responding to the public health emergency
  2. Providing assistance to those negatively impacted by the pandemic
  3. Investment in projects that provide long term benefits
Based on the City’s goals and discussion with City Council, the City has identified the following priorities for SLFRF funding:
  • Impacted Households & Small Business Assistance ($43,287,000)
  • Homeless Support Programs ($25,000,000)
  • Premium pay for essential workers ($14,485,224)
  • Public Safety Support ($9,039,000)
  • Revenue replacement – City Operations ($10,000,000)
  • SCADA and Broadband Cybersecurity ($3,704,500)

City of Mesa ARPA Programs Results

Each program receiving ARPA funding is required to provide quarterly reporting on key indicators once they are active that demonstrates their primary objective(s) are being achieved.  These results are regularly shared with City Management and City Council and part of the annual report provided to the U.S. Department of Treasury. 
Results reported will continue to be expanded as additional City of Mesa ARPA programs operations are activated.
Expand Ambulances to Mitigate COVID Impacts on Emergency Medical Transportation Availability
Primary Objective: Have ambulances available to be added to the system to mitigate COVID impacts and ensure ambulances are available to support emergency medical transportation

Activate a Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) within the City of Mesa
Primary Objective: Reducing crime as a benefit of the RTCC (focused on Part 1 Crimes) and Increase investigative leads by identifying more criminals through real time streaming video access

Integrate Behavioral Health Teams to Support 911 Mental Health Response 
Primary Objective: Embed the services into dispatch to make it easier and more seamless to dispatch the behavioral health teams instead of police officers for mental health response

Ignite! Activated Literacy and Social-Emotional Learning for Middle School Students
Primary Objective: Increase student's self-awareness, self-management, social awareness in belonging and relationship and decision-making abilities through spoken word and expression.

Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband in Underserved Neighborhoods within Mesa
Primary Objectives: 50% reduction in student families in need of internet access within project-targeted census tracts as reported by Mesa Public Schools survey. 10 square miles of wireless internet coverage at a bandwidth of at least 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload in qualified census tracts.
Current Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Coverage
  • 14 of 21 sites live
Future Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Coverage
  • 21 of 21 sites live

Scholarships for Youth Recreation Programs
Primary Objective: Offer a 50% scholarship for qualified disadvantaged families registering for youth recreation programs. 

Electric Utility Aid - Electric Commodity Credit
Primary Objectives: Keep residential customer electric utility bills from increasing 35.2%.  Keep commercial customer electric utility bills from increasing 43.5%

Enhance Mesa's Cybersecurity (SCADA + Broadband) by Building Air-gapped/Immutable Data Backup & Increased Cyber Resiliency
Primary Objective: Have systems in place to enable the city to prevent bad actors from reaching valuable city data, avoid paying ransoms, and ability to generate unchangeable copies of critical backup data, isolated from the network and tamper-proof, from authorized administrators and threat actors.

Mesa Small Business Learning Lab
Primary Objective: Provide workforce training seminars, computer training, and skills development for a wide variety of industries primarily focused on small business needs.

Off the Streets Emergency Housing Support - Hotel & Transportation
Primary Objectives: Maintain at minimum 75 rooms leased to support positive program exits. Purchase a passenger van to be operated by Community Bridges (CBI to support transporting individuals to the Off the Streets program at the hotel
Additional details on the Off the Streets Hotel Program:  Off the Streets Hotel Snapshot

Helaman House Transitional Housing
Primary Objectives: Providing transitional housing support for unhoused persons

Expanding Landlord Participation in Support of Affordable Housing Solutions
Primary Objectives: Creating a financial incentive for brand new landlords to sustain engagement. Increase number of participating landlords/properties in the voucher program.

Convention Center Floor Replacement
Primary Objectives: Floor was damaged through emergency food distribution operations as part of responding to the COVID-19 public emergency. Attempts to repair/recoat the floor were not successful requiring flooring to be replaced.
Results from this effort can be accessed at: Mesa Cares - Feeding Mesa

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