The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March 2021, provides direct financial relief due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County of San Mateo was awarded $148,897,819 in recovery funds.

Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the County is committed to using these funds in a fair and equitable manner. These efforts include:

  • Supporting public health programs and services
  • Addressing negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic
  • Serving disproportionally impacted communities
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Replacing lost public sector revenue

This page will serve as a reporting tool on where these funds were allocated and the impact of those investments. The information is currently under development. Please check back often.

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds 2021 Report

Tranche 1

On September 28, 2021 the board approved the following actions related to final budget revisions to the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget, which included American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding:

  • Homelessness: Navigation Center and/or acquisition of additional hotels ($20,000,000)
  • Lost Revenue Reimbursement: reimbursement to County departments for loss of County revenue incurred through the course of the pandemic ($20,000,000)
  • Community Initiatives: community efforts related to equity and recovery ($10,000,000)
  • Business Support: funds for the creation of the North County Small Business Center, for the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and for WeHope to develop a modular housing manufacturing plant in East Palo Alto ($5,500,000)
  • Environmental Health Fees: one-time support to about 5,400 businesses to offset revenue losses incurred due to restrictive COVID-19 Health Orders ($5,150,000)
  • Vaccine Outreach, Events, and Mass Vaccination for 3rd Dose: administration of vaccines in communities at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, and enhanced vaccine outreach through extra help staffing and community-based providers ($5,000,000)
  • SMC Strong Small Business Assistance Program: 200 grants of $10,000 each to eligible small businesses that have not received a County or state/federal small business COVID recovery grant or loan in past 12 months, plus $75,000 to SMCU Community Fund to administer the program ($2,075,000)
  • Home Delivered Meals Expansion for Older Adults: expansion of the County’s home delivered meals program for older adults for two years, following the end of the Great Plates Delivered program ($1,950,000)
  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Emergency Food Assistance: emergency food assistance for vulnerable populations and creation of grocery delivery programs for older adults ($2,550,000)
  • Micro Food Business Grant Program: grants of up to $2,500 for cottage food operators, $5,000 for caterers, food trucks, food carts, and $10,000 for
    commissaries and incubator kitchens ($500,000)
  • Microenterprise Home Kitchen Ordinance (MEHKO) Pilot and Grant Program: $238,000 for EHS to operate MEHKO pilot permitting program and $62,500 for individual grants of $2,500 to 25 MEHKO permit holders ($300,000)

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On April 19, 2022, the Board of Supervisors allocated up to $10,396,410 in ARPA funds as the required local match for the state Homekey program which allowed the County to purchase a 52-unit hotel in the city of San Mateo for individuals experiencing homelessness. Read the full memo, including the County’s application to the program: View full memo

Tranche 2

On May 17, 2022, the Board of Supervisors allocated $6 million in ARPA funds to various COVID recovery initiatives related to housing and security, including rent and utility assistance, childcare and out-of-school enrichment programs, public wifi, small business centers and Second Harvest Food Bank. Read the full memo and recipient categories: View full memo