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American Rescue Plan: An equitable recovery for Boston

We're investing our federal stimulus funds in an equitable, effective, and transparent way.

Our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be driven by and for the people of Boston. We look forward to working with residents to go better from this pandemic and place racial equity front and center. We want to ensure that every Bostonian has the opportunity to thrive in the months and years ahead.

American Rescue Plan progress

Get a better understanding about how the City of Boston plans to use its American Rescue Plan funding:

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$144.5 million approved for emergency relief

Immediate relief
$14 million for our public health recovery from COVID-19

We will expand on our public health through:

  • mobile vaccine operations and outreach
  • opioid treatment and services, including around the Mass and Cass area of Boston
  • behavioral health, and
  • continued remote access to City services.
$32.9 million for communities and families hardest hit by COVID-19

We'll also boost community programs that address:

  • health disparities
  • housing
  • green jobs
  • student supports 
  • violence prevention
  • childcare, and
  • language access.
$34.6 million for businesses, arts, and other basic needs

We're mitigating the economic impact of the pandemic on:

  • food access
  • housing stability
  • jobs
  • small businesses
  • arts and culture, and
  • tourism.
$8 million for Fare Free Bus Pilot
As one of her first acts in office, Mayor Wu appropriated $8 million for an innovative program to make three MBTA bus lines (Routes 23, 28, and 29) free for a 2 year period.
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$55 million for City revenue replacement
In the FY22 operating budget, the City has dedicated $55 million to offset local revenue declines during the pandemic. The goal is to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs.

Opportunities for funding

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How we can use federal funds

Overall, federal funds can be used to:

  • support Boston’s public health response
  • address negative economic impacts of the pandemic
  • replace lost public sector revenue
  • provide premium pay for essential workers, and
  • invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. 

Specifically, federal funds can be used for programs and services that address:

  • public health needs related to COVID-19
  • negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • communities most impacted by COVID-19
  • lost public sector revenue
  • premium pay for essential workers, and
  • water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Federal Funds cannot offset a tax revenue reduction or be deposited into a pension fund. ARPA funds are time-limited. All funds must be allocated by December 31, 2024. 

More recovery funds information

Additional guidance may be released from the U.S. Treasury in the coming months and we will update this page accordingly

Common questions

Common questions

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is a federal law that was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The ARP focuses on supporting the most vulnerable communities and businesses. The law grants about $1.85 trillion in relief funding for individuals and local governments.

Boston expects to receive over $500 million from the ARP over the next four years.

Prior to the ARP, the federal government passed two COVID-19 relief packages. Boston received: 

  • over $160 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) in March 2020, and
  • over $150 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act in December 2020.

All federal funds must be spent by December 31, 2024. Any remaining funds must be returned to the U.S. Treasury.

The newly formed Equitable Recovery Coordinating Committee will oversee the allocation and disbursement of all ARP funds. The Committee is composed of City Cabinet Chiefs. It will be informed by public feedback through Boston's Equitable Recovery Taskforce.

The City of Boston must submit to the U.S. Treasury:

  1. an interim report
  2. a quarterly project and expenditure reports, and
  3. annual recovery plan performance reports.

The members of the Taskforce are:

  • Aisha Francis, CEO, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Andrea Swain, Executive Director, Yawkey Club of Roxbury
  • Ayele Shakur, CEO, BUILD
  • Bob Giannino, CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
  • Bob Luz, CEO, Mass Restaurant Association
  • Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Corey Thomas, CEO, Rapid7
  • Danelle Clark, President, Boston Arts Academy Foundation
  • Daniel J. Hunt, State Representative, 13th Suffolk District; Chairperson, House Committee on Federal Stimulus and Census Oversight
  • Darlene Lombos, Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council
  • Elsie Taveras, Pediatrician and Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham
  • Emilio Dorcely, CEO, Urban Edge
  • Emily Ruddock, Executive Director, MASSCreative
  • Frederica Williams, CEO, Whittier Street Health Center
  • Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director, Foundation for Business Equity
  • Gustavo Quiroga, Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Development, Graffito
  • Jacquetta Van Zandt, Vice President of Engagement-The Partnership, Inc
  • Jaimie McNeil, General Agent, UNITE HERE Local 26
  • Jim Rooney, President and CEO, GB Chamber of Commerce
  • Joel Sklar, Board Chair, Boston Main Streets; Principal, Samuels and Associates
  • Kalila Barnett, Program Officer, Climate Resilience, Barr Foundation
  • Karen Chen, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Lew Finfer, Co-director, Massachusetts Communities Action Network
  • Manny Lopes, President and CEO, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Michael Curry, President and CEO, Mass League of Community Health Centers; Co-Chair, COVID 19 Health Inequities Task Force
  • Michael Flaherty, Boston City Councilor, At-Large
  • Pam Kocher, President, Boston Municipal Research Bureau
  • Quincy Miller, President, Eastern Bank
  • Sam Acevedo, Executive Director, Boston Higher Education Resource Center
  • Segun Idowu, Executive Director, Black Economic Council of MA (BECMA)
  • Stacy Thompson, Executive Director, Liveable Streets
  • Suzanne Lee, Former Principal, Josiah Quincy School; President Emeritus, Chinese Progressive Association
  • Symone Crawford, Director of Homeownership Education, MAHA
  • Tomas Gonzalez, COO, Core Cannabis
  • Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
  • Willie Broderick II, Senior Pastor, Twelfth Baptist Church

For the latest updates, including information on the Mayor’s virtual community forum, please continue to check this website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email

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