Commissioners Approve $99 Million in ARPA Funds for Local Projects

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The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has approved funding for 75 local projects with money allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, or ARPA.

Funds will be used for a wide variety of projects that address:

  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness: $39.3 million for 20 projects including resources for efforts to mitigate gentrification, senior housing, and workforce housing. 

  • Behavioral Health and Health Equity: $34.2 million for 27 projects including resources for food support services, medical and mental health services, and psychiatric care for adolescents. 

  • Childcare and Early Childhood Development: $7 million for 11 projects including resources to expand access to childcare, after school care and summer camp programs.  

  • Parks, Environment and Infrastructure: $7.7 million for 4 projects including resources to enhance land and water quality, improve existing air quality, and create accessible playgrounds. 

  • Workforce and Economic Development: $11 million for 13 projects including resources to increase access to training and employment opportunities, vocational readiness, and mentoring programs for young adults. 

Projects approved by the Board are: 

Affordable Housing and Homelessness 
CrossRoads Corp. for Affordable Housing & Comm. Dev. Inc., $144,900 
Town of Davidson, Comprehensive Housing Affordability Program, $1,000,000 
Dominium, Creekridge On The Park, $5,000,000 
DreamKey Partners, Johnston Oehler Seniors, $2,750,000 
DreamKey Partners, Easter's Home at Caldwell, $2,500,000 
Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, Hope Springs Infrastructure, $1,737,249 
Laurel Street Residential, LLC, Mount Moriah Seniors, $6,000,000 
NHP Foundation, LaSalle at Lincoln Heights, $1,100,000 
Urban Trends Real Estate Inc., Lakeview Apartments, $1,600,000 
West Side CLT, West Side Community Land Trust, $650,000 
Department of Community Support Services, Coordinated Entry Expansion, $612,349 
Department of Criminal Justice Services, Vendor Housing Expansion, $1,458,287 
Freedom Fighting Missionaries Inc., Second Chance Homeless to Housing, $1,250,000 
Coalicion Latinoamericana, Multisector Response Network for Humanitarian Relief, $2,000,000 
County Manager's Office, West Charlotte Homes, $6,000,000 
Matthews Help Center, $350,000 
Salvation Army, Expansion of Center of Hope Shelter, $3,156,389 
Pineville Neighbors Place, Better at Home, Part 2, $2 300,000 
Roof Above, Expansion and Enhancement of Day Services Center, $710,000 
Veterans Bridge Home, Mecklenburg County American Rescue Plan Act ‐ VBH Housing Sustainability Program, $1,013,200 

Behavioral Health and Health Equity 
Hope Haven Inc., Increasing Access to Services for Substance Use Disorder for Underserved Populations, $604,167 
HopeWay, Mental Health Equity: Providing Evidence Based Psychiatric Care in Community Clinics, $800,000 
On Eagles Wings, OEW ARPA Safe House with comprehensive services, $865,400 
Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center, Improving Outcomes for High-Risk Youth, $437,865 
ProCure Therapeutic Agency, Inc., Expanding Access to Community‐Based Mental and Behavioral Health
Services, $1,500,000
Services, $1,500,000 
Safe House Project, Equitable Access to Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking, $503,439 
Time Out Youth, Protecting the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth in Mecklenburg County, $315,000 
UMAR, Van Replacement, $283,161 
Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center, Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle, $363,746 
The Bulb Gallery, Promoting Equity in Locally Grown Foods, $919,432 
Carolina Farm Trust, Local Foods Production and Distribution Center, $3,000,000 
Hearts and Hands Food Pantry, Food Security Initiative, $666,700 
LMC Children Services, Meals On‐The‐Go, $423,294 
Loaves and Fishes, NourishMeck‐A Hunger Hub for Hope, $2,000,000 
County Manager's Office, West Blvd Food Cooperative, $250,000 
Department of Social Services, Food Insecurity, $989,000 
C. W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc. (CWWCHC), $2,052,195 
Camino Community Development Corporation, Inc., Access to Bilingual Dental Care, $4,683,215 
Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc., $3,810,415 
Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group, Providing Access to Trans Health (PATH), $1,168,502 
Department of Community Support Services, Multi‐Interdisciplinary Outreach Team, $650,000 
Johnson C. Smith University, Community Outreach‐Black Birthing Professions, $943,000 
Department of Public Health, The Way Forward Community Violence Prevention Plan Implementation, $3,260,500 
Department of Public Health, Pediatric Dental Clinic, $1,453,904 
Department of Public Health, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services, $845,772 
Village HeartBeat, Inc., $750,000 
Vision To Learn, Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses Provided Aboard New Mobile Vision Clinic, $708,114 

Childcare and Early Childhood Development 
Castle’s Daycare Academy, $450,000 
Center For Community Transitions, Families Doing Time, $300,000 
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Early Learning Center, $3,000,000 
Freedom School Partners, 2023‐2024 Freedom School Summer Program, $260,000 
Greater Enrichment Program, Transportation, $130,000 
Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Youth Academic Enrichment Program, $415,000 
POP's Passion, $400,000 
Save Our Children Movement Inc., KEFA Tutoring and Mentoring Academy, $782,320 
Department of Social Services Early Childhood System Building, $706,000 
StriveCLT,  Strive to Thrive, $325,536 
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Parents as Teachers, $250,000  

Parks, Environment and Infrastructure 
Town of Davidson, Baccalaureate School Gymnasium Renovation, $2,000,000 
Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, Irwin Creek Stream Enhancement Project at the Old City Landfill, $2,350,000 
Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, Ambient Air Monitoring Program, $420,000 
Department of Park and Recreation, Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds with Path of Travel, $2,960,000 

Workforce and Economic Development 
Academy of Goal Achievers, Goal Achievers Mentor Program, $443,925 
Angels and Sparrows Community Table and Resource Center, Pathway Program Enhancements, $395,055 
Cakeable Charlotte, Inc., Cakeable Vocational Training and Café, $810,500 
Charlotte Is Creative, Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative, $384,750 
Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Workforce Development, $600,000 
Mecklenburg County Emergency Medical Services, $1,200,000 
Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, $1,500,000 
Per Scholas, IT Training, $400,000 
Public Library, Digital Divide, $2,917,635 
The ROC Charlotte, Inc., $900,000 
She Built This City, Workforce Development, $540,413 
Smart Girls HQ LLC., Smart Girls Squad STEM Program, $435,800 
Department of Public Information, Marketing of ARPA Spending, $500,000  

View the County Manager’s full presentation to the Board

All projects were vetted after Mecklenburg County received applications during the fall of 2022 for Round Two of funding from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Round One of funding from ARPA was announced in March 2022, resulting in 36 local projects recommended to receive $59.4 million.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 

ARPA provides relief funds to eligible state, local and tribal governments that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus. The purpose of the funding is to support communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Mecklenburg County received its second round of funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2022 and began receiving applications from eligible organizations. The minimum amount for which an applicant could request is $250,000 and Round One recipients were eligible to submit a second application.

In 2021, the Treasury Department allocated $215 million in ARPA funds to Mecklenburg County. The County conducted a community survey to gather feedback from residents to help identify funding priorities. The results of the survey were used to inform the investment strategy for ARPA funding. The Board of County Commissioners' approval of the County Manager’s recommendation results in the entire $215 million being allocated to local organizations and projects. Recipients have until Dec. 31, 2024, to spend the funds.