Roanoke Star City Strong: Response, Recovery, and Resiliency

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From the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Roanoke remains committed and focused on implementing these transformative investments across the community.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has demonstrated why we are a seven-time All-America City and Hall of Fame Inductee. Compassion, innovation, determination, patience, and response are just a few words to describe how our community has shown up and stood strong during this unprecedented global health crisis.

Now it's time to focus on our recovery and resiliency through people and places in implementing the ARPA funding.

The ARPA funding and grant applications are available. The eligibility requirements and grant application for Individuals/Families, Nonprofits, Small Businesses, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Providers, and Arts & Cultural Organizations can be accessed here.

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Final Consensus Plan for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding:

On September 20, 2021, City Council approved the Star City Strong Recovery and Resiliency Panel’s recommendations. City staff has begun the implementation of the initiatives and projects approved.

“It is the genuine belief of the Advisory Panel that timely and effective implementation of the identified priority recommendations will have immediate and long-lasting benefit to our residents, households, institutions, businesses and neighborhoods, enabling us as a community to rapidly regain the momentum we had prior to the arrival of COVID-19 but to do so in a more equitable and just manner.”

  1. People
  2. Places
  3. Governance

Ensure no one in our community lacks the essentials of shelter, food, and personal safety. Provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic and social life.

Opportunities:

-COVID-19 Mitigation and Vaccination

-Homelessness

-Gun Violence Intervention

-Workforce/Skills Development

-Food Insecurity

-Entrepreneurial Support

-Wealth Building/Counseling

-Accessible and Affordable Technology

-Inclusive Economic Development

-Substance Use Disorder, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

-Mobility

-Disparities – Health Outcomes, Economic Opportunity, Education Attainment, etc.

Recovery Investments: no more than $2.5 million | Resiliency Investments: no less than $10 million


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Process Archive:

The City Council approved the Star City Strong Recovery & Resiliency Advisory Panel recommendations regarding the funds received by the Federal CARES Act. 

These recommendations through the principles of compassion, respect and dignity, collaborative partnerships, trustworthiness, and equity, led to the City's investment of more than $16 million in:

  • Community Health
  • Local Economy
  • Safety Net
  • Youth & Education
  • Essential Services & Public Safety
  1. Response
  2. Recovery
  3. Resiliency
  • State of Emergency
  • Closure of Municipal Facilities
  • Public Health Actions
  • Financial/Technical Assistance
  • Municipal Expenditure Controls
  • Emergency-Related Policies
  • CARES Act/ Star City Strong Recovery Fund

Roanoke Star City Strong Documents

For questions, please contact Angie O'Brien in the City Manager's Office at 540.853.2333 or angela.o'[email protected].

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