PUEBLO—On Tuesday, June 21 City of Pueblo staff updated Pueblo City Council about the first tranche allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). First round dollars received totaled $18,203,500.50 and all funds must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026. The City of Pueblo received second round funding on June 7.
Chief of Staff Laura Solano delivered the first tranche report to City Council to give the impact of ARPA funds. The impact report delivered to City Council stated data collected from Oct. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 for quarters two through four of the 2021 fiscal year and through quarter one of fiscal year 2022.
“As we just received the second tranche of ARPA dollars earlier this month, it was important to Mayor Gradisar to inform City Council and the Pueblo community how this first round of funding was spent and the impact of those dollars in our city,” said Solano.
In total 47 projects were funded across 38 agencies in Pueblo. These projects allocated dollars to the pillar focuses from the ARPA community task force which included youth, individuals and households, community resilience, tourism and hospitality, small business, non-profits, administrative costs and infrastructure.
Of the $18,203, 500.50 tranche one funds, ARPA dollars were split into two categories. These two categories included community projects for a total of $8,099,456.90 and Revenue Replacement for Government Services for a total of $10,000,000.
Expenditure categories for ARPA dollars include public health, negative economic impacts, public health-negative economic impact: public sector capacity, water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, premium pay and revenue replacement.
As a result of community project funding, the Pueblo Rescue Mission served 49 individuals who received $50 a day for trash collection efforts. During the 2021 Reading Pays program, 6,577 youth earned $100 for reading with the Pueblo-City County Library District. Children First received funding for three new childcare providers which assisted with 1,500 childcare referrals across the city. Pueblo Cooperative Care distributed 33,171 Nutrition on Wheels meals and 2,873 Power Up Kidz Sacks in the community.
Negative economic impacts addressed during tranche one funding included 1,334,299 lbs. of food distributed by Care and Share of Southern Colorado and 25, 544 breakfast meals and 21, 303 lunch meals were served by Pueblo Soup Kitchen. Posada served housing needs of 23 individuals while 85 clients received services for housing cases with Colorado Legal Services. Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) provided books to 65 schools and agencies with ARPA dollars and five “head-to-toe” medical exams were conducted through services provided by Pueblo Child Advocacy Center.
Public Health impacts were made by Health Solutions with three new Behavioral Health positions responding to called with Pueblo Police Department. Premium Pay impacts included pay for 331 Police and Fire employees and 681 City of Pueblo employees received a vaccine incentive.
“We are proud of the work organizations have done in the Pueblo community and the impact of the ARPA dollars,” said Mayor Nick Gradisar. “We know this funding has assisted many individuals across the city as we look to address the issues from COVID, and we know the second tranche of funds will continue to assist Pueblo’s recovery.”
The second tranche of ARPA funds were received on June 7 with an additional $18,203,500.50 for a total of $36,407,100 to be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2024. The Mayor’s Office focus for tranche two funds include water line infrastructure along Northern Ave. and another water line to the Pueblo County Jail along with a focus on community projects that remain unfunded from proposals during tranche one allocations.