This $44 million dollar infusion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has been vital for Town government and nonprofit organizations supporting crucial community needs like early education access, affordable housing, emergency assistance, and new programming and roles that are helping address disparities widened during the pandemic. But what happens after this critical infusion of resources no longer exists? How can we continue the momentum ARPA funding has fueled? And how can the work started through ARPA funding be sustained going forward to ensure every member of the Brookline community is happy, healthy, and thriving?
A crucial first step is listening to community partners to learn about how ARPA funding has impacted their work and how we can build on this momentum going forward. To begin these conversations, BCF is proud to present After ARPA: Strengthening Brookline’s Care Infrastructure. Join us on Thursday February 9th from 5:00-6:30pm for a panel discussion with the Black N Brown Club, the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, and the Brookline Housing Authority to explore how ARPA funding has fueled their work, the impact the funding has had in the community, and how collectively we can sustain this important work going forward. BCF’s Executive Director Aba Taylor will serve as moderator and the event will be held virtually.