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 has been awarded $13,766,236. The funding received through ARPA must be obligated to projects by Dec. 31st, 2024. The funds must be spent by Dec. 31st, 2026.

As of June 1, 2022 the City of Lakewood has obligated $7,222,200 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) 983-7702
[email protected]

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


News and Announcements

September 24, 2022: The City of Lakewood has published Requests for Proposals for ARPA-funded Projects. Submittals are due by 5:00 pm on October 17, 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

June 1, 2022: Lakewood City Council held a retreat on May 31, 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.


About ARPA

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. Click here to view the American Rescue Plan Act Full Text.

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. You can view that information by clicking here.

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.

How much ARPA funding has Lakewood spent so far?

For a detailed look at Lakewood’s ARPA spending, click here to see the ARPA Expenditures Spreadsheet.

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ARPA Projects and Eligibility

Current ARPA Projects

Lakewood Community Services Advisory Board

The City of Lakewood sets aside 1% of revenue annually for allocation to Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) priority uses. This has been supplemented by ARPA funding. CSAB priorities for 2022 include youth mental health services and workforce training.

$144,543 for services to disproportionately impacted communities

Comfort Inn Emergency Shelter Purchase Joint Project

Lakewood has contributed $1,000,000 to the purchase of a hotel for use as an emergency shelter. Pierce County, the City of Tacoma, and the City of Lakewood have contributed funding for the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to purchase the Comfort Inn located at 8620 South Hosmer St. in Tacoma on October 29th.

The hotel will be operated as an emergency shelter providing overnight beds until 2024. It will then be converted to long-term supportive housing to be operated no less than 40 years.

$1,000,000 to address negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency

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.
ARPA Project Eligibility

Potential American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) award recipients should assess how their intended use of ARPA funds responds to or addresses the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.

The specific eligible uses listed below are non-exclusive. Projects which respond to or address the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency will be considered.

List of eligible uses for ARPA funds

(A) SUPPORT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPENDITURES
To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality; 

  • COVID-19 mitigation and prevention services
  • Medical expenses
  • Behavioral health care
  • Public health and safety staff
  • Expenses to improve the design and execution of health and public health programs

(B) PREMIUM PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS
To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID–19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers; 

  • Staff at nursing homes, hospitals, and home care settings
  • Workers at farms, food production facilities, grocery stores, and restaurants
  • Janitors and sanitation workers
  • Public health and safety staff
  • Childcare workers, educators, and other school staff
  • Social service and human services staff

(C) REPLACE LOST PUBLIC SECTOR REVENUE
For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and

  • Category (c) is for government entities to calculate lost revenue due to the COVID-19 emergency.

(D) NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN WATER, SEWER, OR BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband Infrastructure. In addition, Congress clarified two types of uses that do not fall within these four categories. Sections 602(c)(2)(B) and 603(c)(2) provide that these eligible uses do not include, and thus funds may not be used for, depositing funds into any pension fund. Section 602(c)(2)(A) also provides, for States and territories, that the eligible uses do not include ‘‘directly or indirectly offset[ting] a reduction in the net tax revenue of [the] State or territory resulting from a change in law, regulation, or administrative interpretation.’’

  • Water and sewer infrastructure projects
  • Broadband infrastructure projects

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Qualified Census Tracts

Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) are census tracts that have been determined by HUD to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Click here to view HUD Qualified Census Track Information.

ARPA allows for a broad range of uses to address the disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the crisis on the hardest-hit communities, populations, and households. Some projects automatically qualify as eligible uses of ARPA funds when serving populations located within QCTs. Click here to use an Interactive Information by Location Tool.

Lakewood’s Qualified Census Tracts include:

  • 718.05 – Lakeview
  • 718.06 – Springbrook
  • 718.08 – Monta Vista
  • 720.00 – Tillicum and Woodbrook

Map of Qualified Census Tracts in and near Lakewood, Washington

ARPA Project Eligible Uses in QCTs

The following suggested uses are non-exclusive. All projects which respond to or address negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency in QCTs will be considered.

(A) FACILITATING ACCESS TO RESOURCES THAT IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

  • Funding community health workers
  • Funding public benefits navigators
  • Housing services to support healthy living environments and wellness
  • Remediation of lead paint or other lead hazards
  • Evidence-based community violence intervention programs

(B) RESPONDING DIRECTLY TO THE ECONOMIC HARMS RESULTING FROM AND OR EXACERBATED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

  • Assistance to unemployed workers, such as job training
  • Contributions to state unemployment trust funds
  • Assistance to households
    • Food assistance
    • Rent
    • Mortgage
    • Utility assistance
    • Counseling and legal aid to prevent eviction or homelessness
    • Cash assistance
    • Emergency assistance for burials
    • Home repairs
    • Weatherization
    • Internet access
    • Digital literacy assistance
  • Expenses to improve the efficacy of economic relief programs
  • Small business and non-profitsLoans and grants to mitigate financial hardship
    • Loans, grants, or in-kind assistance to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics
    • Technical assistance, counseling, or other services to assist with business planning needs
    • Rehiring state, local, and tribal government staff
    • Aid to impacted industries such as:
      • tourism
      • travel
      • hospitality

(C) BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS

  • Services to address homelessness such as supporting housing
  • Affordable housing development
  • Housing vouchers, residential counseling, or housing navigation assistance to facilitate household moves to neighborhoods with high levels of economic opportunity and mobility for low-income residents

(D) ADDRESSING EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES

  • New, expanded, or enhanced early learning services
  • Providing assistance to high-poverty school districts to advance equitable funding across districts and geographies
  • Evidence-based education services and practices to address the academic needs of students including:
    • tutoring
    • summer school
    • after school
    • other extended learning and enrichment programs
  • Evidence-based practices to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students

(E) PROMOTING HEALTHY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENTS

  • New or expanded high-quality childcare to provide safe and supportive care for children
  • Home visiting programs to provide structured visits from health, parent educators, and social service professionals to pregnant women or families with young children to offer education and assistance navigating resources
  • Enhanced services for child welfare-involved families and foster youth

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Guidelines and Reporting Requirements

ARPA Final Rule

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released its final rule for ARPA. As of April 1st, 2022, all ARPA activity must adhere to the provisions of the Final Rule. ARPA activity before April 1st, 2022 can be measured using the Interim Final Rule or the Final Rule. Click here to view the ARPA Final Rule.

Document and Information Retention Requirements

In order to be eligible to accept an ARPA award, your organization must be able to abide by the rules and regulations set out by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Any award of ARPA funds by the City of Lakewood is a subaward of ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF); the Subrecipient is subject to any and all compliance requirements and reporting requirements for use of and for expenditure of SLFRF funds.

The Subrecipient shall comply with E-Verify as set forth in Lakewood Municipal Code Chapter 1.42

Performance of this Agreement is subject to review by any Federal, State, or County auditor, including a single audit for Subrecipients receiving more than $750,000 as required by the American Rescue Plan Act and related guidance from the Department of the Treasury.

The City or its designee shall have the right to review and monitor the financial and service components of this program by whatever means are deemed expedient by the CITY.

Financial and Reporting Records must be kept for 5 years after the end of the ARPA Program, or until at least December 31st, 2031.

Click here to view the U.S. Department of the Treasury Guidance: Recipient Compliance and Reporting Responsibilities.

Click here to View CFR Title 2- Grants and Agreements § 200.333: Retention Requirements for Records

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Documents and Technical Assistance

Important Documents:
Technical Assistance:

June 29th, 2022 – The City of Lakewood held an informational webinar for organizations that have been approved for ARPA funding at noon on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022.

February 23rd, 2022 – The City of Lakewood held an informational webinar for organizations that have been approved for ARPA funding at noon on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022.

December 6, 2021 – The City of Lakewood held a virtual Q&A session for organizations interested in applying for ARPA funds at noon on Monday, December 6. 

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