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Guidelines are drawn up for $68 million of Rescue Plan Act funds

ST. LOUIS – Mayor Tishaura Jones’ administration has released a framework for how the city will use $68 million of the funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to help St. Louis residents and businesses recover from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

The mayor’s Stimulus Advisory Board and more than 2,500 city residents were consulted, and the guidelines put the highest priority on direct relief for individuals, families, businesses and neighborhoods. Only after those needs are being addressed will the city used Rescue Plan money for infrastructure and development. 

The current framework focuses on six top priorities:

  • Critical Health Needs: Begin mobile vaccination efforts, community canvassing and more to increase vaccine access in low-income communities 
  • Housing and Utility Assistance: Expand and expedite rental and mortgage assistance efforts, including legal assistance 
  • Support for Unhoused Neighbors: Fund an intentional encampment for those not ready for a shelter environment as well as a 24-hour shelter
  • Economic Relief: Facilitate small business grants, provide startups and small businesses ready to scale with technical assistance and workforce development
  • Youth & Job Programming: Expand youth programming at recreation centers, adding social workers to recreation centers to address the behavioral and mental health needs of young people in St. Louis and making recreation centers vaccine hubs for youth
  • Expanding Internet Access: Install Public wifi points in portions of the city with lowest rates of internet access, partnership with St. Louis Public Libraries (SLPL) to increase access to phones, tablets, routers and mobile hotspots.

To read the full memo with a comprehensive list of recommendations, click here.

Jones invites city residents to share their priorities for the total $517 million St. Louis is set to receive from the American Recovery Act via the People’s Agenda page on the mayor’s website. For more information on the Stimulus Advisory Board, click here.

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