$559M Infusion for Boston’s Recovery

Analyzing Boston’s Use of Federal COVID Recovery Funds

How has Boston used its tremendous infusion of $559 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds described as once-in-a-generation funding?  Boston’s strong financial position has paved the way for the City to use ARPA funds to address economic and health problems, including long-standing problems amplified by the pandemic.  At this time, Boston has used less than a quarter of ARPA funds received to mitigate revenue loss in its General Fund budget, and the majority to make “equitable and transformative investments.”  What kind of projects is Boston undertaking with the ARPA funds?  What is the plan for evaluating and sustaining successful programs?

This Special Report Provides Information and Insights on:

  • The types of projects being funded
  • The City’s spending progress
  • What the future holds for continuing investment
  • Impact on Boston’s Budget

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