PUEBLO – On Monday, April 25 Pueblo City Council continued the approval of the fourth round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding with nine subrecipients from across Pueblo. The amount of funding approved by City Council totaled $674,728 to various organizations for COVID-19 relief funding.
Friendly Harbor’s allocation of funds will aid with mental health services. This enables Friendly Harbor to hire two new peer support specialists and move two current part-time peer support specialists to full-time status. Funding for the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center will assist with child abuse prevention training and community violence interventions which saw an increase because of the pandemic.
Approval of ARPA funds for Pueblo Diversified Industries enables the purchase of three eight-passenger vehicles for use of transportation requirements by clients served through the non-profit. The Pueblo Rescue Mission requested funding for assistance and services to Pueblo’s homeless population. This will provide assistance to unemployed or underemployed and works with job training, subsidized employment, employment support or incentives.
The funding allocated to YWCA of Pueblo will allow for a re-opening of a daycare facility at the local nonprofit which provides healthy childhood environments and childcare. The pandemic brought to light the increased need for affordable childcare not only for those in the workforce but for people who have been historically underserved, such as victims of domestic violence and their children.
Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center for Rural Colorado’s Health addresses the need for educational disparities and mental health services with ARPA funding. Throughout the pandemic clinicians saw preventable diseases and routine check-ups were avoided or put off which has led to unnecessary health complications. This will allow more services to people hesitant to use technology for telemedicine and allow for health education and medical advice for those with chronic health issues.
The Urban Renewal Authority is assisting the Pueblo Convention Center for much needed upgrades for technology needs and building repairs that were unavailable due to the pandemic and lost revenue with cancelled events. Pueblo Community College received funding for two projects including the Innovative and Interactive Entrepreneurial Education of Pueblo and the Female Founder Project. Both initiatives partnered with the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Southern Colorado Innovative Link which provide job training in the Pueblo community.
This fourth round of funding is a continuation of the work from the community pillar leads and internal ARPA task force in the mayor’s office. This allocation of ARPA dollars still falls within the first tranche of funding of over $18 million with the second half of funding anticipated in May of this year. Additional approved ARPA allocations are anticipated at the next City Council meeting on Monday, May 9 for additional projects being considered for funding.