Trenton's American Rescue Plan Project

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*NEW* Check out our new ARP Draft Plan and other documents under "Plans, Presentations, and Guidance." We're also having another Webinar on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Zoom link below.

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Welcome to the Trenton American Rescue Plan Project Page. To view the City's most recent plan, click here. You can also use this page to view latest news updates, leave an idea or ask a question, all which can also be found below.

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion dollar plan offers assistance to millions of Americans and assistance to communities struggling to retain normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Trenton will receive $73.8 million over the next two years.

Current regulations include support for public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

In order to help evaluate Administration, City Council, and community project ideas, the City organized the Trenton American Rescue Plan Advisory Committee.

Check with this page for more in-depth updates on the American Rescue Plan and how you can provide input. All ideas and questions are reviewed by the Mayor's policy team and the ARP Advisory Committee. In the meantime we encourage all participants to register, comment and like on their favorite posts.

*NEW* Check out our new ARP Draft Plan and other documents under "Plans, Presentations, and Guidance." We're also having another Webinar on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Zoom link below.

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Welcome to the Trenton American Rescue Plan Project Page. To view the City's most recent plan, click here. You can also use this page to view latest news updates, leave an idea or ask a question, all which can also be found below.

The American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion dollar plan offers assistance to millions of Americans and assistance to communities struggling to retain normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Trenton will receive $73.8 million over the next two years.

Current regulations include support for public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts related to COVID-19, replacing lost public sector revenue, providing premium pay for essential workers, and investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

In order to help evaluate Administration, City Council, and community project ideas, the City organized the Trenton American Rescue Plan Advisory Committee.

Check with this page for more in-depth updates on the American Rescue Plan and how you can provide input. All ideas and questions are reviewed by the Mayor's policy team and the ARP Advisory Committee. In the meantime we encourage all participants to register, comment and like on their favorite posts.

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    - possibility of giving youth more jobs. Can we focus more on repairing old school buildings and making them more sanitary .

    zcook3 asked 4 months ago

    Thankfully, the Trenton Board of Education received its own direct portion - $44 million -  of ARP funds that they will likely use for exactly this purpose.

    The current ARP spending plan on this page also includes a proposal for $3.12 million in youth development and career opportunities. 

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    Are some of the funds being used to help build homes for those who are financially struggling? Are some of the funds being used to help get the homeless off the streets?

    JAjacobs04 asked 5 months ago

    Yes, the current ARP plan includes a "Fight the Blight" program seeking to empower community groups and lower income residents to get on the job training while rehabilitating and maintaining vacant properties.

    Unrelated to ARP spending, multiple affordable housing projects, including Turner Pointe, Jennings Village, and Vessel are set to come online this year.

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    How can we make a change in everyone's lives as a community with this opportunity we were given?

    Nathyeli asked 4 months ago

    For us, its using the funds on public safety, blight reduction, local businesses, and repairing aging infrastructure. All of the proposed projects under the existing ARP plan fit under those general categories. We have also reached out to the Trenton community for their expertise on how these funds can best help the city. Those ideas are included on this page.

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    How else will the funds be used?

    Noe asked 4 months ago

    Most pending projects are including in our draft ARP rescue plan, which can be found in the Plans, Presentations, and Guidance section on this page. However, there have been some changes based on emergent investments needed for water infrastructure and  public safety that will require some changes to that plan. We will likely release an updated plan within the next two weeks.

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    What is The decision process for deciding how to spend the relief money?

    Casey Fortson asked 4 months ago

    Generally, all spending ideas for ARP have come from the Mayor or City department directors, City Council members, community groups, residents associations, and Trentonians directly on this website and other sources. Final decisions are made based on long term viability, adherence to federal regulations, or an emergent need like imminent utility repair.

    Ultimately, city council has to approve every expenditure under ARP.  After one of the ideas from the sources is reviewed to see if its legal under existing federal regulations, it is put on a resolution, debated among city council at a public meeting, then voted for approval. 

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    What about other counties and their employees who have been working the entire time. Example: Union County, NJ

    carrie lombardo asked 5 months ago
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    Is union county gonna get that same kind of treatment I work for the board of education in Plainfield as a contract custodian 12 months we work from the time the pandemic begin to now and we didn't even get a pay like the employee and our life is at stake of catching the virus so don't you we should at least get a little some like that tell me what you think.

    DHICKS asked 5 months ago

    Unfortunately, we can only speak to the money that was allocated directly to the City of Trenton. We're not sure how the state, counties, and other NJ cities are allocating their share of the funds. 

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    What vetting was done for the cost estimates in the first draft of the plan? Some of these numbers do not sound right, and appear over-estimated or under-estimated. E.g. millions of dollars to improve TWW billing?

    amacheva asked 5 months ago

    Many of these figures come straight from a department by department review with Directors and senior staff who had researched these projects and associated costs long before the ARP funding was announced in hopes that one day they would be funded by a future city bonding ordinance or additional state or federal revenue. For items such as water billing, the $6 million in costs are not to improve the billing systems (a bonding ordinance approved earlier this year that will upgrade the meters will help do that over the next few years), but instead to replace revenue the utility lost over the last year due to COVID-19 (staffing shortages, customer economic hardships, state moratorium on collections, etc...). Replacing lost revenue is one of the major eligible categories per the ARP U.S. Treasury guidance. 

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    Are some of funds from this appropriation designated to get rid of buildings in disrepair in areas targeted for redevelopment?

    Concerned123 asked 5 months ago

    Yes. While the City already has millions of dollars available to take down abandoned properties (bids are going out for 20 properties at this moment), we have proposed using American Rescue Plan funds to restore the long-vacant West Side Plaza shopping center and create a "Fight the Blight" program that will work with community and reentry groups to create job training that will help more Trenton contractors become certified to repair or take down abandoned structures.

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