American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, preserve and improve affordable housing provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

On February 25, 2009, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted allocations for a number of programs funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  As a part of these allocations, the City of Pomona received ARRA funding in the following categories:

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)                      $ 1,164,766
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R)                                                  $    761,773

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program will provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including:  short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services, including such activities as mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management. The City of Pomona, in coordination with the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness, the Los Angeles County Continuum of Care and the Pomona Continuum of Care Coalition, proposes using HPRP funds to undertake activities under the following four categories of eligible activities:

    1. Financial Assistance (short and medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, etc.)
    2. Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services (case mgmt., outreach, housing search and placement, credit repair, etc.)
    3. Data Collection and Evaluation
    4. Administrative Costs

 Proposed Substantial Action Plan Amendment ARRA Programs May 4, 2009

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG-R)
The Community Development Block Grant Program enables local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide decent affordable housing and create economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. At present, HUD anticipates that cities will submit a substantial amendment to their Annual Action plan to identify their planned uses for CDBG-R funds.  While decisions have not yet been made on several key issues regarding submission deadlines and content, HUD had stated that activities must be eligible as indicated under the CDBG entitlement programs. Moreover, absent the publication of CDBG-R guidance, HUD encourages cities to begin identifying potential projects and solicit input on the use of these funds from their citizens. Staff is proposing using CDBG-R funds for the following eligible public infrastructure improvement project:

    1. Street Improvements

More information regarding new programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act you may contact the Planning and Housing Department at 909-620-2368.