Adams County is proud to announce the distribution of its second round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, a total of $48,550,500. The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has identified several partnerships and initiatives to distribute the funds and address housing and homelessness prevention, mental health, domestic violence and public health initiatives.
"Adams County recognizes the housing and mental health crisis in our communities,” said Steve O’Dorisio, BoCC Chair. "This second round of ARPA funding allows us to lean into these challenges to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable residents.”
The second round of ARPA funding will be used to support a wide range of initiatives, including the following:
- $4,320,000 in funding for respite housing for Adams County residents fleeing domestic violence. Domestic violence is currently the leading cause of homelessness in Adams County.
- The Land Trust received $7,000,000, working primarily with Maiker Housing Partners, the county’s housing authority. The partnership will use the funds for market-timed acquisition of parcels for affordable housing projects.
- The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Partnership received $3,800,000 for acquisition of property for transitional and permanently supportive housing.
- The Homeless Campus Partnership with the City of Aurora will receive $5,000,000 for the creation of a $70,000,000 campus. The campus will feature 150 shelter beds, 80 transitional units, and a full-service day center with laundry, mental health services, housing navigation, and case management.
- The Mental/Behavioral Health initiatives will receive $9,125,000 in funding. The initiatives include identifying community needs, resources, and gaps in access to care.
- The Mobile Mental Health/Human Services will receive $1,800,000 for access to outreach for people experiencing homelessness.
- The Strengthening Families Partnership with the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC), Human Services, and Public Health will receive $1,150,000 for early childhood prevention services for mental health intervention.
The county will work closely with the BoCC, local stakeholders, and other community leaders to ensure the funding is allocated efficiently and effectively, and it produces tangible benefits for the people of Adams County. With this second round of ARPA funding, Adams County will have received a total of $101,000,000 in relief.