United States Conference of Mayors and Kresge Foundation release new report on cities using ARPA funds to promote equity


RENO, Nev., June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In collaboration with the Kresge Foundation, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released a new report, “Advancing Equity Through ARPA Implementation.” The report, which is HERE, documents 20 city case studies and details how mayors are using state and local fiscal stimulus funds (SLRFF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to invest in underserved populations and address the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on low- and moderate-income people and communities of color. Mayors featured include Boston, MA Michelle Wu, Madison, Wis. Satya Rhodes-Conway, Fontana, California Acquanetta Warrenand Kansas City, Missouri quinton lucasamong others.

In Bostonfor example, the city has targeted services and resources to disproportionately affected communities, establishing a health equity task force to address public health disparities and a pilot project to free buses to help all residents access public transportation. Kansas City used a community engagement process to inform its ARPA funding allocation, which included the creation of a housing trust fund to ensure affordable housing for all families and the Rebuild KC program to enable members to the community to lead the implementation of neighborhood-based projects. Learn more about these efforts led by mayors in the full report.

“Thanks to ARPA funds, America’s mayors have been able to invest equitably in our communities and address systemic inequalities that the pandemic has only worsened. Columbuswe have worked with community leaders and businesses to help keep residents in their homes, train individuals to re-enter the workforce, and keep our young people safe,” said Andrew J. GintherMayor of Columbus (OH) and Chairman of the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. “We are grateful to the Kresge Foundation for their partnership and help in shining a light on the work that mayors are doing to make their cities more equitable. Cities have been at the forefront of our country’s economic recovery, and as we continue to move forward, we will take lessons learned and share best practices so that all cities can promote equity for years to come.”

“Cities have an unprecedented opportunity to put in place solutions to problems that have worsened over decades and which COVID-19 has laid bare,” said co-author of the report Lourdes Germán, senior advisor to the Social Investment Practice and American Cities Program at Kresge. “But without explicitly centering equity, cities can easily exacerbate disparities. Partnering with the community, especially deep-rooted nonprofits, is a crucial way for cities to position ARPA’s work to succeed, and these case studies of equity-minded cities provide blueprints for other municipalities to learn from and emulate.”

“Real change will come city by city, community by community,” said mayor of Montgomery (AL) Steven Reed, who helped present the report’s findings at the USCM annual meeting. “The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities in the American economy, and mayors have not been content to simply return to normal. This report offers a powerful narrative of how mayors are using federal resources to generate opportunities locally. Despite these efforts, we have a long way to go to deliver real equity and inclusion in America, but mayors are committed to this mission now and for the long term.”

About the United States Conference of MayorsThe American Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization for cities with a population of 30,000 or more. Today there are more than 1,400 such cities in the country, and each city is represented at the Conference by its main elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About the Kresge Foundation — The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice.

SOURCE American Conference of Mayors


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