City of Gainesville to host feedback sessions on proposals for American Rescue Plan funds

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville Office of Equity and Inclusion will host a series of community workshops to gather input on several dozen proposals to be considered for federal emergency relief funding.

The City will receive more than $32 million dollars under the American Rescue Plan, designed to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Neighbor feedback from the sessions will be submitted to the Gainesville City Commission for consideration in advance of its July 15 meeting where next steps will be determined.

In-person and virtual feedback sessions are scheduled as follows. (Registration is required.)

  • 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 28 via Zoom
  • 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 29 via Zoom
  • 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29 at Gainesville Regional Utilities, 301 S.E. 4th Ave. (Register online through this link.)
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 via Zoom

Gainesville city commissioners and community organizations submitted funding proposals on topics including broadband, health care, rent relief, transportation, and utility debt forgiveness, among others.

During each two-hour session, neighbors will gather into small groups to learn about the proposals in these categories: Economic; Housing; Social Services; and Health, Broadband, Transportation, Grocery, and Capital Projects.

Equity and Inclusion staff also will introduce the new COVID Equity Budget Tool, used to assess whether or not a proposal advances equity, addresses existing disparities, creates disparity, or would have little to no impact on delivering more equitable outcomes.

Additional details will be available on the city’s website in advance of next week’s sessions.