Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin released data Thursday on how the city is spending the $1.28 billion it was allocated in the American Rescue Plan, about half of which was received in May.
The ARP funding allowed Los Angeles to maintain services amid a budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 40% of the $640 million in ARP funds received this year was used to maintain city services, according to Galperin.
A total of $181 million, or 22.7%, funded programs to alleviate homelessness, including $136 million for prevention, services, shelters, support and cleanup, as well as $4 million to provide shelter for domestic violence and human trafficking victims.
Nearly 20% of the allocation was used for justice and equitable neighborhood investments, including $15 million for alley and pedestrian safety improvements and $2 million for tree planting.
About $30 million, or 4.5% of the funds, was used for neighborhood service enhancements, and $40 million, or 6%, was used for COVID-19 response and recovery
“When the pandemic hit, the city’s revenue projections suddenly changed, putting essential public services at risk,” Galperin said. “The infusion of federal American Rescue Plan dollars allows Los Angeles and local governments across the nation to maintain these services and concentrate on a more equitable recovery. My new online resource gives Angelenos a transparent look at how L.A. will use the federal funds and helps ensure accountability as the money gets spent.”
The $1.9 trillion legislation — which was signed by President Joe Biden on March 11 — allocated $29.2 billion to California in addition to $1.9 billion to Los Angeles County and $1.28 billion to the city.
The remainder of the funds will be received by Los Angeles in May 2022. People can track the city’s spending at bit.ly/3yIvjEK.