American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Over the next two years, Pittsfield will receive about $40 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding can be used to:

     1. Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
     2. Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
     3. Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods (for Pittsfield this is defined as the
         Morningside and Westside neighborhoods).
     4. Provide premium pay to low income employees who are doing or did essential work – working in
         businesses considered high risk, worked with the public, and/or distributed goods - during the
         COVID-19 public health emergency.
     5. To offset reductions in local government revenue due to COVID-19.
     6. Invest in water and/or sewer infrastructure.
     7. Invest in broadband infrastructure.

The funds cannot be used for:
  • Tax reductions or cuts
  • Pension fund payments/deposits
  • Legal settlements
  • To meet federal grant match requirements
  • Roads and bridges
The Treasury Department and the Massachusetts departments of Revenue and Administration and Finance have and will continue to provide guidance and monitor municipal use of and reporting about these funds.

Guiding Principle

When invested in people and places through shared community engagement, the American Rescue Plan provides an once-in-a-lifetime infusion of funds that can transform Pittsfield into a city:

  • of social and economic resiliency for everyone, especially for people who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by racial inequity and generational poverty,
  • where people are able to live up to their greatest potential, achieve prosperity, and experience health, well-being and joy.

In keeping with this Guiding Principle, the following goals have been established.

  1. Striving toward ensuring city residents have a comfortable, safe and dignified place to call home.
  2. Creating safe & healthy neighborhoods supported by quality infrastructure, access to affordable childcare and opportunities for job training and financial security.
  3. Enhancing community access to public health, mental and behavioral health, and youth services.
  4. Strengthening and engaging community partners to increase community access to services, housing resources and economic opportunities.
  5. Supporting creativity, the expression of culture, and artistic excellence so that everyone has access to the arts and an opportunity for self-expression.
  6. Building the power and voice of lower-income people and people of color so that all residents share in the future of our community.

The City sought input from the public about how these funds should be used through four community forums. Please click here to view input from these forums.

For more information or questions about ARPA, please email