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Guide to Local Recovery Update: May 19

May 19, 2021
The League of California Cities hosted a webinar on the American Rescue Plan for more than 400 city officials today. 
Representatives from the National League of Cities (NLC) discussed eligible uses for entitlement cities, which ranged from covering lost revenue and infrastructure projects, to addressing COVID-related racial disparities and providing premium pay to essential workers. Some categories, like housing and childcare, have a surprising amount of flexibility. The recording and slides are available on Cal Cities’ Guide to Local Recovery webpage.

In addition to last week’s portal for eligible entitlement cities, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has launched its own American Rescue Plan information hub, which includes a Fiscal Recovery Funds FAQ and the interim final rule. The FAQ will be updated periodically in response to stakeholder questions. The White House and the Treasury Department will also address the interim rule during an NLC-hosted webinar and Q & A on May 20 at 1 p.m. PST. 

Local governments designated as non-entitlement units are eligible to receive Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. However, they will receive funding from their applicable state government. Cal Cities is in daily and weekly conversations with the State to determine when, how much, and how the money will be distributed. Formal guidance is expected to be released in the coming days. 

Cal Cities will continue to work with the National League of Cities and other organizations, including the California Department of Finance, to provide additional guidance to cities on eligible uses of these funds and reporting requirements. 

If you have questions about the Treasury Submission Portal or need technical support, email covidreliefitsupport@treasury.gov. If you have general questions about the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, email SLFRP@treasury.gov or call 844-529-9527. 

Visit the Cal Cities Guide to Local Recovery webpage for additional, up-to-date guidance. If you have any questions, please email us at covid-19@cacities.org

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