Adams County will distribute a second round of ARPA funding.
In a second round of American Rescue Plan Act funding, Adams County will distribute $48.5 million to 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, county commission chair. “This second round of ARPA funding allows us to lean into these challenges to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable residents.”
The Board of County Commissioners has identified several partnerships and initiatives to distribute the funds. Those include $4.3 million 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 million in partnership 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 $3.8 milion to acquire property for transitional and permanently supportive housing.
The Homeless Campus Partnership with the City of Aurora will receive $5 million for the creation of a $70 million 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 $9.1 million in funding. The initiatives include identifying community needs, resources, and gaps in access to care.
The Mobile Mental Health/Human Services will receive $1.8 million for access to outreach for people experiencing homelessness. The Strengthening Families Partnership with the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County, and the Human Services and Public Health departments will receive $1.2 million for early childhood prevention services for mental health intervention.
The county will work closely with the county commissioners, 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 million in relief.