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How Are Cities Using ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds?

Local Governments’ Use of ARPA Funds on Community Violence Interventions

Information on this page is no longer being updated. To keep up with this project, visit the COVID Funds for Violence Intervention site.

Principal InvestigatorsDr. Amanda Kass, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University; Dr. Philip Rocco, Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University

The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) delivered $350 billion in emergency aid to U.S. states, cities, counties, towns and villages––the largest one-time transfer of multipurpose aid in the last 50 years. Yet given this flexibility, what policy issues are prioritizing in their use of ARPA funds? And what factors affect the decisions cities make?

This project, supported by the Joyce Foundation, will evaluate the barriers to and facilitators of cities’ use of federal dollars to advance community violence intervention strategies.

If you'd like to receive regular updates about this project, including the release of new blogs and white papers, please email Amanda at akass2[at]depaul[dot]edu.

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The Project Blog features a succession of posts about the research project as it unfolds. The series captures how we’re tracking how governments are spending their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and how ARPA is affecting city governments’ investments in Community Violence Interventions (CVIs). In addition to detailing our research we hope the blogs are useful to others interested in examining how governments are using their ARPA aid.


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