The funds will be delivered to the city’s designated departments in two tranches, one year apart. Santa Ana will receive $79.5 million in the first installment.
The city is confined to using the ARPA’s guidelines for funding the following areas: economic aid to households, small businesses, nonprofits, tourism and hospitality; premium pay for essential workers; government services affected by a revenue reduction resulting from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus; private nonprofit groups, public benefit transportation corporations, and special-purpose units of state or local governments.
The city proposes spending $6 million on recovery from the pandemic through local vaccinations, expansion of critical city communications methods, and sanitization efforts.
Santa Ana plans to spend $14 million on public health and safety, with most of that amount funding additional green space at Santa Anita Park, healthy food access and upgraded park restrooms.
About $24 million will be spent on critical infrastructure, including affordable broadband access, improvements to the central library, and pedestrian and mobility improvements.
About $14.9 million will be spent on city fiscal health to go toward revenue lost in certain government services.
The city wants to allocate $38.4 million to reduce and respond to homelessness, including navigation centers and homeless shelters, street outreach, and clean up.
The federal aid comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $350 billion fund to help states, counties, and cities recover lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the CCP virus pandemic.