Lakewood ARPA Program

On May 10th, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. ARPA provides $350 billion in emergency Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) for eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

The City of Lakewood is considered a metropolitan city and as such was awarded $13,766,236 in ARPA funding. The funding received through ARPA must be obligated to projects by Dec. 31, 2024. The funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026.

As of May 31, 2023, the City of Lakewood has obligated 100% of ARPA funding to approved projects.

Tiffany Speir
ARPA Program Manager
(253) 983-7702
[email protected]

Available by phone and email:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ted Thelin
ARPA Program Coordinator

(253) 433-4177
[email protected]

Available by phone and email:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Announcements
About ARPA
ARPA Funding Allocations
Community Engagement

For ARPA Applications, Program Information, and Subrecipient Technical Assistance:

Please use the links below for more information about applying for ARPA funding through the City of Lakewood and for ARPA program technical assistance to the subrecipients of Lakewood ARPA Funds:

ARPA Program Information
Subrecipient Technical Assistance

Announcements

May 31, 2023:

The Lakewood City Council obligates the remaining available ARPA funds to Parks & Green Space and Community Organizations.

Edgewater Park Improvements and Downtown Park Creation

Award: $724,721

The Lakewood city council obligates $724,721 for the creation of a Downtown Park and improvements to Edgewater Park.

Urban Forestry Program

Award: $340,000

The Lakewood City Council obligates $340,000 to the Lakewood Urban Forestry Program. The Urban Forestry Program is the result of recommendations made by the Tree Advisory Committee. More information can be found here.

Camp Murray Boat Launch

Award: $100,000

The Lakewood City Council obligates $100,000 for improvements to the Camp Murray Boat Launch.

9th & 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum Labor Day Festival Event

Award: $2,500

The Lakewood City Council obligates $2,500 for the 9th & 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum Labor Day Festival Event.

Remaining & Unspent ARPA funds

The Lakewood City Council obligates all remaining and unspent ARPA funds not fully exhausted by December 1, 2026 for any approved ARPA projects or City administration of the ARPA program to the improvements at Edgewater Park and the Creation of a Downtown Park.

March 20, 2023:

The Lakewood City Council obligates $50,000 for the lease and operation of the Springbrook Connections meeting space.

The Lakewood City Council obligates $50,000 to Springbrook Connections for the lease and operation of their meeting space.

Award: $50,000

February 21, 2023:

The Lakewood City Council contributes $1,000,000 in funding for the Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) Gravelly Lake Commons affordable housing project.

LASA:

Funding contribution towards completion of an affordable housing project

Conditional Award: $1,000,000

The Lakewood City Council conditionally awards $1,000,000 to LASA for the construction of the Gravelly Lake Commons affordable housing project. The award is conditional to the project being fully funded by December 31, 2023 and further resolution by Council.

December 5th, 2022:

The Lakewood City Council awards funding for three projects submitted in response to the ARPA program RFPs created on September 24th.

ARPA Project Awards:

On November 28th, The Lakewood City Council reviewed responses to the September 24th ARPA program Request for Proposals. Three projects have been selected to receive ARPA funding from the City of Lakewood:

Nourish Pierce County:

Purchase and renovation of building for food bank operations

Award: $1,250,000

Conditional Award: $750,000

The Lakewood City Council (Council) awards $1,250,000 to Nourish Pierce County for the purchase and renovation of a building in Lakewood. The building will house a food bank and supportive services for clients.

Council also offers $750,000 in additional funding conditional to Nourish Pierce County successfully raising more funds.

Click here to visit the Nourish Pierce County website

Tacoma Rescue Mission:

Pierce County Community Village – Permanent Supportive Housing

Conditional Award: $1,000,000

Council offers $1,000,000 in conditional funding to the Tacoma Rescue Mission for the Pierce County Community Village permanent supportive housing project. The funding is conditional to Tacoma Rescue Mission successfully raising more funds.

Click here to visit the Tacoma Rescue Mission website

Click here for more information about Community Villages

Emergency Food Network:

Construction of a new Food Storage Warehouse

Award: $750,000

Conditional Award: $250,000

Council awards $750,000 to Emergency Food Network for the construction of a new food storage warehouse in Lakewood.

Council offers $250,000 in additional funding conditional to Emergency Food Network successfully raising more funds.

Click here to visit the Emergency Food Network website

October 17th, 2022:

The Lakewood ARPA program RFP application period is now closed.

The application period for the City of Lakewood ARPA program RFPs: Construction of Low-Income Housing, Construction of Emergency Food Bank Capacity, and Construction of Housing and Shelter for Veterans has closed. Please check back for more information about future ARPA funding opportunities.

September 24th, 2022:

The City of Lakewood creates three ARPA program RFPs.

The City of Lakewood has created three ARPA program RFPs: Construction of Low-Income Housing, Construction of Emergency Food Bank Capacity, and Construction of Housing and Shelter for Veterans. The application period closes at 5:00pm on Monday, October 17th, 2022.

Construction of Housing Units Permanently Affordable to Low-Income Individuals and Families

Construction of Emergency Food Bank Capacity

Construction of Emergency Shelter/Transitional Housing for Veterans and Their Families

An informational session was held for applicants on Thursday, September 29:

June 1st, 2022:

Lakewood City Council held a retreat on May 31st, 2022 to discuss how to obligate the remaining $6.54 million of ARPA funds that the City has.

As stated at the end of the meeting, the Council decided that it would adopt updated priorities for use of the remaining Lakewood ARPA funds in the near future.  Once that process is completed, Lakewood will call for applications or responses to RFPs in keeping with those priorities. 

The City Council is wanting to ensure that Lakewood’s remaining ARPA funds are spent on projects that will have a lasting and significant benefit to the City’s residents, and will conduct a new focused application process to do so.  Once developed, the application requirements and forms will be provided on this webpage.

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About the ARPA Program

Federal ARPA Funds
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 amends Title VI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) by adding the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and allocates those funds to government entities (cities, municipalities, tribal governments, other government entities) by population.

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released information regarding State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) distribution to government entities and eligible uses for SLFRF funds.

The National League of Cities has published an ARPA tracker to provide information about how cities across the country allocate their ARPA funds.

City of Lakewood ARPA Ordinances
Lakewood Ordinance 759 approves the first round of ARPA projects to be funded by the City of Lakewood. Ordinance 759 was adopted by the City Council of the City of Lakewood on Sept 20th, 2021.

Lakewood Ordinance 761 adopts the 2021/2022 Biennial Budget, including revisions to incorporate the ARPA-funded programs adopted by the City Council on September 20th, 2021 via Ordinance 759

Lakewood Ordinance 763 establishes a Special Revenue Fund, “ARPA Fund” in the City’s budget. The City Council has determined that the creation of the ARPA Fund is in the best interest of the City by providing administrative efficiency, reporting, and transparency.

Lakewood Ordinance 779 adopts the 2023-2024 City Budget and obligates ARPA funds for several City expenses.

Motions 2021-80, -81, -82, -83, -102, -104, -105, -106, -108, -109, -110, -111, -112; Motions 2022-99, -100, -101; and Motions 2023-15, -34, -52, and -55 obligate funds for specific ARPA-eligible projects.

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Lakewood ARPA Allocations

How much ARPA funding does Lakewood have?

The City of Lakewood was awarded $13,766,236 in ARPA funding. As of May 31, 2023, Lakewood has obligated 100% of ARPA funding to various departments and non-profit entities to provide Covid-19 relief measures to the public. All ARPA funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026.

ARPA funding data included below as of 1/31/24 Q4 2023 reporting.

How are Lakewood’s ARPA funds allocated?

Numerical values are included in the following text on the web page.

Children’s Programs

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Boys & Girls Club Programming

The Lakewood Boys & Girls Club is running several youth mental health and social programs. Programs include teen late night, teen mental health first aid training, and other programming at the Lakewood B&G Club Teen Center.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 237,374.00

Spent: $ 88,131.86

Clover Park School District – Youth Mental Health Program

The Clover Park School District is providing mental health services and workshops for students and their families.

Status: In-progress

Allocated: $ 71,400.00

Spent: $ 68,000.00

Communities in Schools – Warriors of Change

Warriors of Change is a leadership development and project-based learning program which prepares students for next steps in schooling, career development, and beyond.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 71,873.00

Spent: $ 34,170.47

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides books to children up to 5 years old. Children keep the books provided by the project. The program is administered by the Lakewood Rotary Club.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 77,426.00

Spent: $ 6,074.84

Northwest Youth Corp Youth Employment Program

Northwest Youth Corp is running several youth employment and job-training programs.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 84,000.00

Spent: $ 56,716.75

YMCA Summer Day Camp

This program funds a summer day camp program offered at the Lakewood YMCA.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 409,500.00

Spent: $ 14,362.34

YMCA Little Learners Summer Learning Academies

This program funds an educational child care program at the Lakewood YMCA.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 165,375.00

Spent: $ 46,983.76

YMCA Water Safety Classes

This program funds water safety classes at the Lakewood YMCA.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 157,500.00

Spent: $ 0.00

City Hall Updates

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HVAC Coolers

This program is for HVAC updates to the Lakewood City Hall building.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 525,000.00

Spent: $ 175,017.10

Energy Audit

City Hall boilers and other equipment will be updated or replaced as necessary.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 500,000

Spent: $ 0.00

Lakewood City Hall Reconfiguration Study

A study will be performed to reduce the physical footprint of Lakewood employees. Space made available through this study will be repurposed at a later date.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 105,000.00

Spent: $ 101,412.24

Lakewood City Hall Reader Boards

This program will fund multi-function reader boards at Lakewood City Hall to better communicate information to people seeking services.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 320,000.00

Spent: $ 8,560.00

Lakewood Municipal Court Technology Upgrade

This program updates technology within the Lakewood Municipal Court to provide more accessible court services.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 141,750.00

Spent: $ 141,749.79

24CPPR SEIS Transportation & Parking Review

The City of Lakewood is reviewing transportation and parking issues due to new housing densification laws. The project is to expand the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the City’s 2024 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 35,000.00

Spent: $ 15,050.76

Lakewood City Website Multilingual Accessibility

The City of Lakewood website is being updated to provide more accessibility and better translation into commonly used languages.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 35,000.00

Spent: $ 15,050.76

Community Programs

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Springbrook Connections Facility Improvments

Funds for the cost of office space and operational support for the Springbrook Connections organization. Springbrook Connections represents the springbrook neighborhood, providing community services, information, and networking for residents.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 50,000.00

Spent: $ 49,950.00

9th & 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Funds to support the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum 2023 Labor Day Event.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 2,500.00

Spent: $ 2,500.00

Food Banks

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Nourish Pierce County – Building Purchase and Renovation Contribution

Nourish Pierce County needs more space for food bank operations in Lakewood. Lakewood’s ARPA funding contributes to their larger efforts to purchase and renovate a new space to better serve Lakewood residents. The property has been purchased and renovations have started.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 1,250,000.00; $750,000.00 conditional

Spent: $ 1,250,000.00

Emergency Food Network – Warehouse Construction Contribution

Emergency Food Network is constructing a new warehouse to provide more services to residents of Lakewood. Lakewood’s ARPA funding contributes to their larger efforts to construct a new warehouse. Demolition of existing structures is complete, construction has started.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 750,000.00; $250,000.00 conditional

Spent: $ 750,000.00

Housing & Homelessness

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LASA – Gravelly Lake Commons Affordable Housing Phase 3

LASA is constructing an affordable housing project. Lakewood’s contribution will go towards completing Phase 3 of this multi-stage project.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 1,000,000.00

Spent: $ 0.00

LIHI Comfort Inn Purchase – Aspen Court Emergency Shelter

The City of Lakewood, the City of Tacoma, and Pierce County pooled resources to purchase the Comfort Inn building on Hosmer Avenue. It has been converted to an emergency shelter and will become permanent supportive housing in the future. The City of Lakewood contributed $1,050,000.00 to this project. Included in the total contribution is a $700,000 bridge loan. The loan has been returned to the city.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 1,050,000.00

Spent: $ 1,000,000.00

Bridge Loan Returned: -$700,000.00

Total Expenditure to date: $300,000.00

Habitat for Humanity – Boat Street Project

Habitat for Humanity is building homes in the Tillicum neighborhood. This project will provide updates to infrastructure on and around Boat Street in Tillicum to support new housing.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 254,100.00

Spent: $ 0.00

Rebuilding Together South Sound (RTSS) – Rebuilding Healthy Neighborhoods

RTSS performs outreach in underserved communities to connect people with essential services like food banks and home repairs. RTSS has repaired homes in Woodbrook, Springbrook, and Monta Vista through this program.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 341,250.00

Spent: $ 72,056.05

Tacomaprobono Eviction Prevention Legal Services

Tacomaprobono provides provides free legal aid and direct representation to low-income tenants to address the negative economic impacts caused to households in Lakewood during the Covid-19 health emergency.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 472,500.00

Spent: $ 301,102.40

Tacoma Rescue Mission – Pierce County Community Village

Tacoma Rescue Mission is overseeing the development of a Community Village. The community village will serve residents of Lakewood struggling with homelessness.
Click here for more information on community villages

Status: not started

Allocated: $ 1,000,000.00 conditional

Spent: $ 0.00

Parks and Green Space

Numerical values are included in the following text on the web page.

American Lake Park Improvements

Funds for park hand washing stations reallocated to improvements at American Lake Park.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 78,750.00

Spent: $ 78,750.00

Edgewater Park Improvements & Downtown Park

Funding for improvements to Edgewater Park found in draft master plan. Funding for the creation of a Downtown Park.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 724,721.00

Spent: $ 0.00

American Lake Camp Murray Boat Launch Master Plan

Funding to complete an American Lake Boat Launch Master Plan to allow the City and Camp Murray to apply for further grants.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 100,000.00

Spent: $ 0.00

Urban Forestry Program

Funds to create an Urban Forestry Program and operation of the program through 2026.

Status: Not started

Allocated: $ 340,000.00

Spent: $ 0.00

Public Health

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Lakewood Human Resources Temporary Staffing for COVID-19 Tracing

This program funds the City of Lakewood Human Resources department’s Covid-19 tracing efforts.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 32,162.00

Spent: $ 3,132.95

Public Safety

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Lakewood Police Department Retention Payments

One-time retention payments made to qualifying Lakewood Police Officers.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 669,375.00

Spent: $ 607,500.00

Lakewood Police Department Body Camera Staff & Hardware Costs

This program funds equipment and setup costs related to the Lakewood Police Department Body Camera program.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 102,904.00

Spent: $ 102,904.00

Lakewood Police Department Body Cameras Admin Costs

This program funds administrative costs related to the Lakewood Police Department Body Camera program.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 768,490.00

Spent: $ 385,457.91

Emergency Services Advanced Warning System

This program funds translation services and technology upgrades related to emergency warning and alert systems.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 13,331.00

Spent: $ 1,064.71

West Pierce Fire and Rescue – Emergency Communications Equipment

This project is funding updates to communications equipment used by West Pierce Fire and Rescue. This includes equipment for emergency communications as well as communications equipment for training and meetings.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 241,500.00

Spent: $ 229,990.00

Workforce Development

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Career Team Workforce Central – Workforce Development Program

Career Team is running a workforce development program that includes outreach and events to connect workers and employers.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 73,146.00

Spent: $ 72,142.76

Pierce County Business Accelerator Contribution

The Pierce County Business Accelerator provides direct access to business resources like training, coaching, technical assistance, and networking support to launch and grow micro businesses in Pierce County.

Status: Completed

Allocated: $ 525,000.00

Spent: $ 500,000.00

ARPA Administrative Costs

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Lakewood ARPA Program Administrative Indirect Costs

Lakewood’s projected indirect costs of administering the ARPA program.

Status: In progress

Allocated: $ 688,312.00

Spent: $ 189,512.82

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Community Engagement

In the Summer and Fall of 2021, the City reached out to community groups, cultural centers, members of the faith-based community, military and veteran-focused groups, school districts, businesses, chambers of commerce, utility providers, and citizens. People were asked how they felt emergency funding could be spent to help Lakewood and its citizens respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

Lakewood Residents were asked what they would spend $13.7M on to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
Community Groups, Non-Profits, Businesses, and other stakeholders were asked how they would like to see emergency funding spent.

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For ARPA Applications, Program Information, and Subrecipient Technical Assistance:

Please use the links below for more information about applying for ARPA funding through the City of Lakewood and for ARPA program technical assistance to the subrecipients of Lakewood ARPA Funds:

ARPA Program Information
Subrecipient Technical Assistance

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