COVID-19 Response and Recovery
2021 American Rescue Plan Financial Report
Pierce County's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Report provides insight into the County's pandemic response efforts in 2021. Information is provided on expenditures, American Rescue Plan funding allocations, and service level indicators for programs being provided to Pierce County residents and businesses.
COVID-19 2021 Response Expenditures
The expenditure charts provides 2021 expenditure information on the County's COVID-19 response and recovery programs and services. Expenditures reflect funding received from multiple federal and state grants, and other pandemic relief grant funding.
American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, and includes $65.1 billion in direct aid to all counties in America. Pierce County was allocated $175.8 million in pandemic response and recovery funding, and received half of the funds, $87.9 million, on May 19, 2021. The second half will be received in May 2022.
In anticipation of receiving the ARPA funds, the Pierce County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-32, which allocated an initial $50.3 million of the anticipated funds. Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier signed the ordinance on April 29, 2021.
A total of $79,405,000 has been allocated to date:
- $10,265,000 for Public Health Emergency Response
- $38,075,000 for Economic Stabilization
- $14,700,000 for Community Response and Resilience
- $16,365,000 for Essential Government Services
American Rescue Plan Funding Allocations
The chart below provides information on how the $79.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds were allocated. Click on the interactive chart to explore how much was allocated for individual services and programs.
American Rescue Plan Expenditures
The chart below provides expenditure information on how the County's direct allocation of American Rescue Plan funds have been expended to date. Click on the interactive chart to view expenditures by individual program or service.
Program Service Levels and Impacts
The information below provides data on the service levels and impacts of the County's COVID-19 response and recovery programs. View the dashboard for further data and information.
Public Health Emergency Response
COVID-19 Community-Based Testing and Vaccination Programs
Economic Stabilization and Recovery
Rollback Relief Grants for Businesses
To provide financial support to qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County created a grant program to help offset the costs of business disruption. Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000.
Community Response and Resilience
Rental Assistance Program
The Rental Assistance program helps to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Funding is available for rental and utility assistance. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Household Income of Rental Assistance Recipients
Applicants must qualify as low-income, defined as at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Households with the lowest income are prioritized first, or households who have been unemployed for 90 days or longer.
Rental Assistance Recipients by Self-Reported Race
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain demographic groups, and low-income and socially vulnerable communities have seen the most severe impacts. The chart below provides information on the self-reported demographics of clients who have received rental or utility payment assistance.