American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

American Rescue Plan Act funding directly addresses the negative impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), also known as ARPA, was signed into law.  The $1.9 trillion package allocates hundreds of billions of dollars for public health and vaccines, assistance for vulnerable populations, education and housing stabilization, economic recovery assistance and direct assistance for families and individuals.

Under ARPA, Royal Oak will receive a direct allocation of $28,107,502 

Read more about the federal government’s financial recovery efforts and ARPA.  

Eligible Uses

Health Care

 Public Health Response

Meet and address emergent public health needs

Eligible Programs and Impact

  • Public Restrooms: Centennial Commons Park and Farmer’s Market - Mitigate the spread of disease in public spaces by providing hand-washing stations to the community
  • Social Worker(s) - Support residents and employees amidst a global rise in mental health issues
  • HEPA Filters for Public Buildings -Mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in public buildings, thus protecting government employees and residents

Revenue Loss

Negative Economic Impacts

Address economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the public health emergency


Programs and Impact

  • Affordable Housing Development - Help address housing access inequities 
  • Non-Profit Community Programming - Provide funding to support community programming at local non-profit organizations, which benefits residents of all ages and income levels. 

Essential Workers

Premium Pay for Essential Workers

Provide premium pay to eligible workers performing essential services during the COVID-19 public health emergency, either in public sector roles or through grants to third-party employers 


Programs and Impact

  • Premium Pay for Essential Workers - Provide financial assistance to essential workers who were exposed to heightened risk of contracting COVID-19. 


Government Services

Provide government services to the extent of reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19 


Programs and Impact

  • Animal Shelter - Provide a new and improved animal shelter to help keep up with increased demand. 
  • Farmers Market - Install a permanent generator so the Farmer’s Market can operate as an emergency center during power outages. 
  • Tree Planting -Provides public benefits such as improved water retention and air quality.


Investments in Infrastructure

Meet the critical need for investments an improvements to existing infrastructure in water, sewer, and broadband


Programs and Impact

  • Lead Pipe Replacement - Expedite current lead pipe replacement program 
  • Flooding Prevention - Address historic issues with flooding by improving stormwater retention 
  • Water Main Improvements -  Upgrade outdated water mains, preventing future water main breaks. 
  • Library Broadband Programs - Provide higher quality Internet access to residents of all ages and income levels