ST. LOUIS, MO — On Tuesday, June 15, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones detailed her proposal to allocate the first $80 million in immediate federal direct relief funding from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act.
Informed by considerable public engagement and the work of community leaders, this first plan targets the broad extent of the COVID-19 situation and treats the core causes of crime in St. Louis.
“Our city’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis must be equitable across zip codes and racial lines. From much-needed housing assistance to violence prevention programs, our first allocation of $80 million will help stabilize neighborhoods, improve public safety and build a strong foundation to invest more federal rescue funds down the road. The people of St. Louis are relying on us to deliver this aid quickly to boost lifesaving vaccination efforts and keep families in their homes ahead of a potential eviction crisis.” the Mayor said.
Highlights of the administration’s proposal include:
- $6.75 million in public health infrastructure to get individuals vaccinated using mobile vaccine clinics and community canvasses to reach St. Louisans in their communities and homes
- $58 million in direct, urgent economic relief, including housing and utility assistance, support for the unhoused, quick cash aid, and public benefits navigators to help households connect with these services
- $11.5 million to improve public safety through increased financing for violent intervention programs and youth programming and jobs to keep children engaged and safe
This initial injection of funding will give urgent, immediate relief to help St. Louis families maintain themselves and stabilize neighborhoods across the city, creating the groundwork for long-term growth and investment.
The administration is pushing the Board of Aldermen to move faster to approve these funds to ensure the continuity of COVID-related services as CARES Act money for rental assistance and contact tracing expires on July 1.