Aug 23, 2022 - News

How Houston spent its ARPA funding this year

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The City of Houston recently released details on how it spent $166.3 million this year from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Catch up quick: The nearly $2 trillion federal economic stimulus bill distributed billions of dollars to local governments across the country to help cover pandemic-related expenses and recoup lost revenue.

  • Houston was awarded a total of $607.7 million, which can be spent over several fiscal years.

By the numbers: Mayor Sylvester Turner spent nearly all of the funding this year — $139.4 million — on revenue replacement in the 2022 budget year, which ended June 30.

Between the lines: Turner approved spending 61% of the remaining ARPA funds for "vital public safety programs" in the Houston Police Department.

  • Nearly $7.8 million went toward extra patrol officers, $983,000 toward special victim services and $722,000 toward security at vaccination sites.
  • The city also spent $3 million on gift cards to incentivize residents to get vaccinated.
  • Other allocations this year included $545,000 for emergency medicine for the Houston Fire Department and $305,000 for administrative expenses.
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