Brooklyn Park, MN

Brooklyn Park has accepted $5.5 million from the American Rescue Plan; feedback is sought on the remaining funds' plan

Paula Carlsen

BROOKLYN PARK, MN - The Brooklyn City Council adopted a resolution accepting $5.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act money on Monday, August 23. The Council approved $2 million in funding based on preliminary community input.

Non-exclusive eligible uses of funds are focused on responding to a public health emergency, addressing negative economic impacts, serving the most vulnerable, such as health and education inequities and housing concerns, and improving access to infrastructure.

The Council agreed on Monday that the funds would be used for the following tasks that demand immediate action in the community:

  • Violence interrupters and support services
  • Mental health services
  • Prevention of violence and promotion of community health
  • Interventions aimed towards community stabilization
  • Administration of ARP finances and activities, including coordination of projects and grants

View the presentation and discussion from the Council meeting by clicking here.

The City will undertake a community survey in September-October to collect comments on the City's projected spending for the remaining portion of the received ARP funds.

Brooklyn Park has developed spending policies for the funds, emphasizing stabilization and investment/partnership. Stabilization is intended to solve various concerns, including the replacement of lost local revenue, the stabilization of city projects and programs, and the development of strategic investments. The City's strategy for investments and partnerships is primarily to fund proposals from community partners.

Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the federal government has appropriated $1.9 trillion to continue responding to COVID-19. Brooklyn Park's portion is $11.1 million with 50% funds already requested and 50% one year later.

Please visit the City's website to discover more about the ARP, including a breakdown of financial allocations and city updates.

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