American Rescue Plan


American Rescue Plan 

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act. The money available for residents and local initiatives is unlike any previous federal program. It gives us a chance to improve lives, solve problems, and profoundly change efforts City government is making to address our challenges in a manner that puts racial equity and inclusion front and center.

The City of Milwaukee has been allocated approximately $394.2 million in direct ARPA assistance.

It is the City’s goal to use the funds to enable the City and community to recover from the pandemic, address the needs of residents, families and neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic, and put our city on a path to a strong, inclusive and equitable recovery. The City’s ARPA priority areas include:

  • Early Education
  • Stable and Affordable Housing
  • Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention
  • Broadband/Internet Access
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Workforce Development
  • Economic Development
  • Small Business Development
  • Public Health and Community Resiliency

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ARPA funds

American Rescue Plan Summary 

Milwaukee’s use of federal relief funds will help the city fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and become a stronger city. The first plan for American Rescue Plan funds builds on Milwaukee’s efforts to bring the pandemic under control while addressing the urgent needs of residents, families and neighborhoods hardest hit by the public health emergency. The plan also has the goal to create broader economic recovery and drive rebuilding. These priorities are among the many investments that will drive equitable recovery from the pandemic. 


View Community Update Recording

The City of Milwaukee invites you to watch our American Rescue Plan Act Community Update to learn what allocations have been made and how to get involved in the engagement process. Be sure to share with your networks. 

ARPA Community Update on November 30, 2021. 

American Rescue Plan Survey

We Want to Hear from You!

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The City of Milwaukee will receive $394 million from the federal government to help our community recover from COVID-19. We need your help to determine how to prioritize this funding. 

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Expenditure Dashboard

The Department of Administration has created a dashboard that brings transparency and accountability to the City of Milwaukee American Rescue Plan process. It will allow residents to track how the City is expending our $394.2 million in direct aid. 

ARPA Spending

View American Rescue Plan (ARP) Webinar Recording

View the public information session on the American Rescue Plan from August 19, 2021. Hear more about the Mayor’s Phase I allocation of Rescue Plan funding and the immediate impacts it will have on racial equity, neighborhoods, and our continued economic recovery. 

View Community Meeting Recording

View the Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan Community Meeting from July 19, 2021. Learn more about the proposed $93M allocation of American Rescue Plan funds.

New Developments and Updates

In addition to the direct aid to Milwaukee, more money is coming to the City, County and State that will benefit Milwaukee.

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  October 21, 2021 - Council passes omnibus ARPA proposal to address key issues in Milwaukee
  October 15, 2021 - ARPA Proposals to Finance and Personnel Committee + Committee recommends approval of ARPA omnibus proposal 
  October 13, 2021 - Aldermanic statements on funding
  October 12, 2021 - Council submitted ARPA proposals now public
  September 23, 2021 - ARP Public Engagement Meeting

ARP Public Engagement Meeting

The City of Milwaukee will receive $394 million from the federal government to help our community recover from COVID-19. We want every resident to feel welcome to learn how the City will decide how to spend the money and share their thoughts.

Two ways to join us on Thursday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.: Facebook Live or register for Zoom.

  September 23, 2021 - Unanimous Council approves major ARPA-funded pedestrian safety/anti-reckless driving measure
  August 19, 2021 - Public information session on the American Rescue Plan
  July 19, 2021 - Mayor Barrett's Recovery & Resilience Plan Presentation
  July 13, 2021 - Mayor Tom Barrett’s Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan
  July 13, 2021 - Mayor Barrett’s Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan Includes Investment in Reckless Driving Reduction, Public Safety, and Other Community-Focused Initiatives
  July 12, 2021 - Mayor Barrett Focuses on Jobs and Workforce Readiness In Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan
  July 11, 2021 - Mayor Barrett Prioritizes Investments in Housing in Plan for American Rescue Expenditures
  May 12, 2021 - Mayor Tom Barrett's Framework for Milwaukee's Recovery
  May 10, 2021 - U.S. Treasury Releases Guidance on ARPA

Learn more about the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Treasury also released the Interim Final Rule (IFR) and fact sheet for the program that sets forth eligible uses for funding, which includes responding to acute pandemic-response needs, filling revenue shortfalls, and supporting the communities and populations hardest-hit by COVID-19.

  On April 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced new federal grants for Wisconsin communities that will fund affordable housing efforts throughout the state. Milwaukee will receive over $20 million. 

A breakdown of the federal grants coming to Wisconsin communities is below.

American Rescue Plan Act HOME Supplemental Allocations






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Dane County




WI Non Entitlement




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CNSRT-Waukesha County







How you can access direct relief:

Here’s what you need to know about the direct relief the American Rescue Plan provides to working families:

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  $1,400 per-person checks
  • Single people making less than $75,000, heads of household making less than $112,500, and married couples filing jointly making less than $150,000 qualify for stimulus checks. People making up to $80,000 will receive partial payments. 
  • Those with dependents will receive $1,400 per person, including college students and seniors claimed as dependents. 


  • To learn how working Americans will receive their direct payments, read this blog
  • Track the status of your payment with the Internal Revenue Service’s Get My Payment Tool
  • Recover direct payments from past stimulus payments you did not receive but qualified for when you file your 2020 taxes with the Internal Revenue Service’s Recovery Rebate Credit form.
  Increase the Child tax Credit, Earned-Income Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
  • For those without children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Earned-Income Tax Credit from $543 to $1,502.
  • For those with children, the American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and $3,600 for children under the age of six – and raised the age limit from 16 to 17.
  • The American Rescue Plan also increased and expanded the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, making more people eligible and increasing the total credit to $4,000 for one qualifying individual and $8,000 for two or more.

Sign up for Department of Treasury updates for more info on how tax credits will work.

  Extended unemployment insurance

The American Rescue Plan extended unemployment benefits until September 6 with a weekly supplemental benefit of $300 on top of the regular $400 benefit.

The first $10,200 of unemployment benefits will be tax-free for people with incomes less than $150,000.

Learn more about how to file for unemployment insurance at the U.S. Department of Labor’s resource page.


  Small business support

The American Rescue Plan will provide emergency grants, lending, and investment to hard-hit small businesses so they can rehire and retain workers and purchase the health and sanitation equipment they need to keep workers safe. 

The American Rescue Plan also includes a Small Business Opportunity Fund to provide growth capital to main street small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas, including minority-owned businesses


For small business guidance and loan resources, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource page


  Lower health insurance premiums and provide 100% federal COBRA subsidy

The American Rescue Plan will lower or eliminate health insurance premiums for millions of lower- and middle-income families enrolled in health insurance marketplaces. This will help well over a million uninsured Americans gain coverage.

A family of four making $90,000 could see their monthly premium come down by $200 per month. 

The American Rescue Plan provides a 100% federal continuation health coverage (COBRA) subsidy through September 1, ensuring that those who lose their jobs or lose their health care due to reduced hours don’t lose their health care.

President Biden opened a special health care enrollment period through May 15. You can sign up for health insurance at

You can learn more about COBRA at the U.S. Department of Labor’s resource page.


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  Key Highlights

The American Rescue Plan is delivering direct relief to the American people, rescuing the American economy, and starting to beat the virus. The plan includes funding to:

Provide relief to Americans

  • The American Rescue Plan provides $1,400 per-person checks to households across America, housing and nutrition assistance, and access to safe and reliable childcare and affordable healthcare. It also extends unemployment insurance, provides support for the hardest hit small businesses, and gives families with kids and childless workers an emergency financial boost.

Safely reopen schools

  • The American Rescue plan provides the necessary resources to meet the president’s goal of safely reopening a majority of K-8 schools in the first 100 days. It provides the funding needed to get children back in school and parents back to work.

Mount a national vaccination program and contain Covid-19

  • The American Rescue Plan provides funding to set up community vaccination sites nationwide, scale up testing and tracing, eliminate supply shortage problems, invest in high-quality treatments, distribute vaccines equitably, and address health disparities.

ARP Reports

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  Recovery Plans
  Project and Expenditure Reports


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