FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2021
Public Affairs Information Officer
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council on Thursday, June 3, approved spending priorities for the initial part – $79.5 million – of a far-reaching pandemic recovery plan that will provide health, financial, education and other support to the Santa Ana community.
“Last night the City Council took the first important step toward a comprehensive strategy to help our residents, our businesses, our youth and all of Santa Ana truly begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address inequities in health, information access and many other issues in our community.”
The Revive Santa Ana initiative is funded by a federal American Rescue Plan Act allocation of $128.3 million and additional housing funding of $21.5 million, as well as $10.6 million in federal money from the state for emergency rental assistance. The City is required to spend all of this federal funding by the end of 2026.
The plan approved Thursday had been updated following the City Council’s direction at a May 24 budget workshop to increase funding for pandemic recovery and direct assistance for residents and add additional supportive programs. Prior to creating the Revive Santa Ana plan, the City also held a virtual town hall and conducted a survey in which over 1,500 community members responded to provide input about how the money should be spent.
Revive Santa Ana has five areas of focus:
Recovery from the Pandemic: $7.2 million
Direct Assistance Programs: $24.6 million
Public Health & Safety: $14 million
Critical Infrastructure: $19.5 million
City Fiscal Health: $14.2 million
On June 15, 2021, the City Council is expected to vote to appropriate the funding so the City can begin spending it on the new programs.
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