The County received 50% of the expected funding in May 2021 and anticipates receiving the remaining funding in 2022. The County has until December 31, 2024 to commit these funds and until December 31, 2026 to expend the funds.
Total Funding Expected: $81,806,170
In addition to the County of Berks' allocation:
- Berks County municipalities will be receiving $96.7 million
- Berks County school districts will be receiving $160.3 million.
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law in March 2021, designating $350 billion nationwide to support immediate pandemic response, address economic fallout and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
The County of Berks expects to receive more than $81 million through the American Rescue Plan.
At this point, the County is still in the process of gathering information to properly prioritize the most effective and intentional uses of these funds. The County will focus on leveraging our available resources and collaborating with community partners to ensure that these funds will create a positive, lasting impact in our community for all residents.
The County Commissioners have established several committees dedicated to specific focus areas to help address the needs of our residents and strengthen our local economy. Each Commissioner will Chair a committee that will help identify objectives, long-term benefits, possible collaborations and deserving initiatives.
Community Support Committee
Chair: Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt
This committee will review workforce issues, food insecurity, homelessness, affordable housing, mental health, health inequities and identify any unmet social service support needs. This committee will also evaluate and study Community Health Needs.
Business Response Committee
Chair: Commissioner Michael S. Rivera
This committee will review the programs offered to support businesses so far and determine if there are still unmet needs. This will include small businesses, Main Streets, Tourism, Hospitality, and manufacturing operations.
Special Projects and Infrastructure Committee
Chair: Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach
This Committee will review and assess transportation, broadband, water and sewer and special projects, which may include housing and arts and culture.
County Operations - Assessment and Needs Committee
Senior County Leadership
This Committee will assess and document the negative financial impact on the County of Berks budget and operations related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, with the intent to lessen any negative or additional tax burden on residents.