​​Phase One ARPA Allocation Funding: The First $150 Million


The Board of Supervisors, at its Nov. 2 meeting, approved the County Executive's proposal for how the County should spend the first $150 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The County Executive's recommendation for the following priority areas:

  • Homelessness and Housing: $59 million (39% of allocation)
  • Health: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)
  • Economic Response: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)

In addition to the priority areas, the Board of Supervisors authorized:

  • Premium pay for Sacramento County employees who performed essential work during the pandemic: $11.4 million (8% of alllocation)
  • Supervisorial District Allocations: $25 million ($5 million per district, 17% of allocation)
  • Program Administration: $15 million (10% of allocation)

Read the Phase One ARPA Initial Allocation news story (1/13/22)
Read the Phase One ARPA Additional Allocations news story (4/12/22)

Projects for Priority Areas

The Board of Supervisors has approved the following project recommendations for Phase One Funding Allocations for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). 

Project proposals had to fit in one of the three Board-approved strategic investments for priority issue areas: Housing and Homelessness, Health, or Economic Response.

Housing and Homelessness:
Landlord Engagement and Re-Housing Supports: $10 million
This program will improve re-housing outcomes for people experiencing homelessness with an array of supportive services, landlord engagement strategies and incentives, and flexible rental subsidies.

Sacramento County Social Health Connect: $5 million*
A Social Health Information Exchange (SHIE) is a countywide data infrastructure that links medical, behavioral health, social service and housing data from multiple sources. 

Mirasol Village Affordable Housing Project: $5,000,000
Mirasol Village will be a new construction, mixed-income housing development. This added funding by the County is for a total of five residential buildings that include 116 rental housing units that range from one to four bedrooms in size.

Community Nursing Encampment Unit Pilot: $700,000
This public health nursing team will provide outreach, client advocacy and professional case management to individuals experiencing homelessness. 

Community Nursing Children and Families Unit: $1.5 million
This Public Health Nursing team will provide nursing assessments and interventions, care coordination, linkages to health resources, and health education to pregnant and parenting families experiencing, or who are at risk of, homelessness.

Encampment Management Information Database: $160,000
This project will allow for the development of a web-based Encampment Management Information Tracking (EMIT) database to help County staff and contractors track and manage response to homeless encampments.

River District Outreach Navigation: $160,000
The County will dedicate two contracted outreach/housing navigators to specifically work in the River District as a one-year pilot program.

Coordinated Access System Enhancement: $3 million
Streamlining the entry system for homeless response through:
Coordinated access to initial crisis response, prevention and homeless assistance (“front-door” access) with a focus on immediate housing problem-solving and diversion to avoid homelessness or otherwise facilitate coordinated access to available shelter and other homeless assistance.
Coordinated access to rehousing assistance (“back door” access) with a focus coordinated and standardized rehousing assessment and access to rehousing assistance, including one-time housing search/move-in assistance, Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing.

Department of Human Assistance Project Administration: $2,315,697
DHA is requesting to use ARPA funds in the amount of $2,315,697 to administer the projects over the life of the projects, including adding five new fulltime positions and redirecting two existing staff part time. 

Water Delivery for Encampments: $150,000
Distribution of drinking water to our unhoused community members in encampments began in the summer of 2021 with the use of one-time COVID-related Public Health funds. The need has continued as the pandemic and its impacts to the homeless community have been ongoing.

Mather Community Campus Master Plan: $249,900
Mather Community Campus (MCC) supports a variety of critical program and services supporting those experiencing homelessness throughout the County. The MCC Master Plan will provide the Board with recommendations on future capital and programming investments at MCC.

American River Parkway Sheltering Supports: $2,457,000
Funding for 60 beds at the Salvation Army Center for Hope that are earmarked exclusively for persons currently camping on the American River Parkway. Funding supports the beds through 2024.

Staff are continuing to develop and scope projects with a focus on housing development projects, funding to support development of new low-barrier, housing-focused sheltering programs, and improving access to the homeless system of care, including shelter and housing.

County Food Insecurity Pilot Program: $4.1 million
The County Food Insecurity Pilot Program (CFIPP), through Family Meal Sacramento and the NAACP, provides restaurant meals and deliveries to families experiencing the greatest need. The NAACP will also provide food insecurity outreach to families in need.

Substance Use Respite and Engagement Center: $2.6 million
Funding to support the Substance Use Respite and Engagement (SURE) Center program operated by WellSpace Health, which provides short-term (4-12 hours) recovery, detoxification, recuperation from the effects of acute alcohol or drug intoxication.

Project Roomkey Medical Services: $1 million
Provides medical services for individuals in Project RoomKey, including health education and care coordination, harm reduction, wellness and supportive care, COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

Emergency Medical Services Equipment: $107,000
Funding will provide equipment and supplies in order to more safely and rapidly deploy temporary facilities in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation.

Primary Health Clinic Staffing: $2.5 million
Funding will support additional temporary staff to increase service capacity at the clinic.

Pandemic Technology Needs: $350,000
Will fund increased contracted IT Services and staffing support to support and deploy new public health systems and adjustments to current systems to track data and provide care for the community. 

Juvenile Medical Services Staffing: $191,500
Funding will support an additional registered nurse at the Youth Detention Facility.

Employee COVID Vaccination and Testing Program: $300,000
Add temporary help to support one current Department of Personnel Services (DPS) staff member in the administration of the County Employee COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Program. 

Academic Support and School Readiness: $1.2 million
This project addresses the negative impact of academic disruption and remote learning due to the pandemic on foster children, families and caretakers.

Building Strong Families: $3.9 million
Funding will go toward Family Support Navigators to connect families to critical services in geographic locations that were hardest hit by COVID-19.

Sacramento County Social Health Connect: $5 million*
A Social Health Information Exchange (SHIE) is a countywide data infrastructure that links medical, behavioral health, social service and housing data from multiple sources. 

*Total project is $10 million, funded with $5 million from both Housing and Homelessness and Health allocations.

Staff continue to develop and scope projects with a focus on opportunities to maximize the quality and delivery of public health services, and increasing medical care and reduce disease transmission in the Homeless community.

Economic Response:
Retail Food Permit Fee Waiver: $6.8 million
Waive the annual operating permit fees from the Environmental Management Department for approximately 7,161 retail food businesses in Sacramento County.

Chamber of Commerce Grants: $525,000
Direct grants of $25,000 to Chambers of Commerce located in unincorporated Sacramento County, those serving underrpresented communities and city chambers, for operations dedicated to small business supportive programs related to equitable economic recovery efforts.

Property and Business Improvement District Grants: $850,000
Direct grants of $25,000, $50,000 or $100,00 to Property and Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs) located in unincorporated Sacramento County, in city/county areas and in city areas, for operations dedicated to small business supportive programs related to equitable economic recovery efforts.

Arts and Non-Profit Cultural Grants**
Direct grants in the range of $5,000-$100,000 to up to 300 arts and non-profit cultural organizations throughout the County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This project will be in partnership with the City of Sacramento, who will provide a match to the project.

Small Business and Non-Profit Grants: $7.5 million**
Direct grants of $5,000 to 1,500 Small Business and Non -Profit organizations in unincorporated Sacramento County that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Business Support Services: $660,000
Fund the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for operations dedicated to providing assistance, counseling, County program outreach and other services to businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaboration, Business Support Services: $1.8 million
Fund the Sacramento Inclusive Economic Development Collaboration (Sac IEDC) for operations dedicated to providing assistance, counseling, in-language support, County program outreach and other services to businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Business Environmental Resources Center, Business Support Services: $200,000
Fund the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) for operations dedicated to providing assistance, counseling, County program outreach and other services to businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

**Grant application opportunities will be announced at a later date.

View the full list of project summaries: Phase One Funding Allocation Initial Project List ​and Phase One Funding Allocation Additional Projects.

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Sacramento County's Share of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

Sacramento County will receive a total of $301.4 million in two installments, with 50% ($150 million) provided beginning in May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later. 

The County may use the funds to: 

  • Support public health expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Serve low income communities and individuals, families and businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Replace public sector revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Invest in necessary improvements to water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

Within these categories, fund recipients have broad flexibility to decide how to best use this funding to meet needs. 

About the American Rescue Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden's American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts. 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID—19 pandemic. 

The distribution of the $362 billion is allocated as follows: 

  • States Fiscal Recovery Fund ($219.8 billion)
    • States and District of Columbia: $195.3 billion
    • U.S. Territories: $4.5 billion
    • Tribal Governments: $20 billion
  • Local Fiscal Recovery Fund ($130.2 billion)
    • $65.1 billion in direct federal aid to all counties
    • $65.1 billion to cities and other non-county municipalities
  • Coronavirus Capital Projects ($10 billion)
  • Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund ($2 billion) 

Funds may cover costs from March 3, 2021 through December 24, 2024. 


Federal Guidance About the Use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund 



Send questions about the American Rescue Plan to ARP@saccounty.net