American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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Homelessness Strategic Plan

Full Plan and Related Documents

Strategic Plan to Reduce & Prevent Homelessness Virtual Presentation - September 1, 2023

Affordable Housing Investment Strategy Documents

The Affordable Housing Investment Strategy comment period has now concluded. Visit the Affordable Housing Investment Strategy page to view the public comment response document, which includes responses to common questions as well as a summary and full copy of all comments received. 

Summary documents outlining the status of affordable housing projects which are recently completed or in progress have also been added to this page.

Full Plan and Related Documents

AHIS Public Comment

About the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to provide state, local, and Tribal governments with the resources needed to respond to the pandemic and its economic effects and to build a stronger, more equitable economy during the recovery.

ARPA allocated $57.6 million to the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. Funds may be used for costs incurred beginning on March 3, 2021 and must be allocated by December 31, 2024. The final rule provides that the period of performance will run until December 31, 2026. 

On March 1, 2022, the Mayor & Commission authorized the allocation of ARPA funds for specific uses and designated program areas ("buckets") including Youth Development and Violence Prevention, Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Business Development and Workforce Support, and Behavioral Health. 

Contact Us

Employees throughout ACCGov are involved in managing ARPA funds. Questions can be directed to members of the four-person interdepartmental ARPA team using the email address listed below, while phone inquiries will be routed to the Housing and Community Development Department.


Phone: 706-613-3155

Funding Goals

  • Create and preserve affordable housing in Athens-Clarke County.
  • Develop safe, immersive, and inclusive programming to prevent violence and insure that Athens area youth social-emotional, educational, and developmental needs are met.
  • Provide, facilitate and prepare a comprehensive, short and long-term plan to reduce and prevent homelessness.
  • Support local business development and improve workforce wages & conditions.
  • Emphasize behavioral health through program development and mental health resources.  
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