COVID-19 Response and Recovery

2021 American Rescue Plan Financial Report


Pierce County's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Report provides insight into the County's pandemic response efforts in 2021. Information is provided on expenditures, American Rescue Plan funding allocations, and service level indicators for programs being provided to Pierce County residents and businesses. 

View the report on how Pierce County allocated and fully expended $158 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in 2020.

COVID-19 2021 Response Expenditures

The expenditure charts provides 2021 expenditure information on the County's COVID-19 response and recovery programs and services. Expenditures reflect funding received from multiple federal and state grants, and other pandemic relief grant funding.

American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, and includes $65.1 billion in direct aid to all counties in America. Pierce County was allocated $175.8 million in pandemic response and recovery funding, and received half of the funds, $87.9 million, on May 19, 2021. The second half will be received in May 2022.
In anticipation of receiving the ARPA funds, the Pierce County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-32, which allocated an initial $50.3 million of the anticipated funds. Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier signed the ordinance on April 29, 2021.
A total of $79,405,000 has been allocated to date:
  • $10,265,000 for Public Health Emergency Response
  • $38,075,000 for Economic Stabilization
  • $14,700,000 for Community Response and Resilience
  • $16,365,000 for Essential Government Services
View Pierce County's 2021 Recovery Plan Performance Report, an annual report submitted to the U.S. Treasury. The report provides information on projects funded and the County's plan to ensure program outcomes are achieved in an effective, efficient, and equitable manner. 

American Rescue Plan Funding Allocations

The chart below provides information on how the $79.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds were allocated. Click on the interactive chart to explore how much was allocated for individual services and programs. 
The following table provides additional detail on each funding allocation. The dataset can be downloaded here

American Rescue Plan Expenditures

The chart below provides expenditure information on how the County's direct allocation of American Rescue Plan funds have been expended to date. Click on the interactive chart to view expenditures by individual program or service. 

Program Service Levels and Impacts

The information below provides data on the service levels and impacts of the County's COVID-19 response and recovery programs. View the dashboard for further data and information. 

Public Health Emergency Response

COVID-19 Community-Based Testing and Vaccination Programs
Emergency Management provided vaccination services from January through June of 2021. 

Economic Stabilization and Recovery

Rollback Relief Grants for Businesses
To provide financial support to qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County created a grant program to help offset the costs of business disruption. Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000. 
Pierce County businesses receiving Rollback Relief Grants are listed in the table below. The dataset can be downloaded here

Community Response and Resilience

Rental Assistance Program
The Rental Assistance program helps to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Funding is available for rental and utility assistance. For more information, or to apply, click here
Household Income of Rental Assistance Recipients
Applicants must qualify as low-income, defined as at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Households with the lowest income are prioritized first, or households who have been unemployed for 90 days or longer. 
Rental Assistance Recipients by Self-Reported Race
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain demographic groups, and low-income and socially vulnerable communities have seen the most severe impacts. The chart below provides information on the self-reported demographics of clients who have received rental or utility payment assistance.