American Rescue Plan

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The South Bend Common Council approved the bulk of the city’s 2022 budget Monday night. The council passed a $386.4 million budget bill, not counting American Rescue Plan funding. 

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Thanks to millions in federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan, South Bend Mayor James Mueller said the city’s 2022 budget will be a “historic” investment in infrastructure, affordable housing, community resources and public safety.

“The resources that we have from federal and state partners is accelerating our ability to transform our community and our neighborhoods,” Mueller said during a Monday afternoon press conference at 466 Works, an infill housing development on South Bend’s southeast side.

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Indiana is making more than half a billion dollars available to early learning providers across the state, through a grant program that aims to stabilize the industry as some providers struggle to keep their doors open.

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The Elkhart Common Council approved federal COVID-19 relief funding Monday to help create a master plan for the city’s downtown. 


In a memo filed with the council, Development Director Dayna Bennett said the pandemic took more of a financial toll on Elkhart’s core downtown than it did on other commercial areas, like the River District. 


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The Lerner Theatre needs a $1 million investment in a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and the Elkhart Common Council voted unanimously Monday to spend $500,000 from the general fund on those upgrades.

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The South Bend Common Council passed a bill Monday night that adds about $14.5 million to the city’s existing 2021 budget. The majority of that spending — just under ten million — will pay for projects and investments funded by the American Rescue Plan.

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The city of Mishawaka received just under $12 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The city council heard public comment Monday evening on how that money should be spent.

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If you want to weigh in on how the city of Mishawaka should spend its American Rescue Plan funding, tonight is your chance. 

The common council is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funding. The meeting will take place at City Hall and will be broadcast on the city’s Facebook page


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When Nina Burton was a student in Gary Community Schools in the 1980s, the district had close to 30,000 students and several high schools. It was known for its history of academic innovation.

“People came to our school system to see us,” said Burton, as she sat with a few other Gary parents on the bleachers at West Side Leadership Academy one afternoon earlier this month. 

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The Elkhart Common Council approved American Rescue Plan funding for a new small business program Monday. 


The city’s department of development services requested $400,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funding to set up the Small Business Continuity Program.


The program is designed to counter the effect of shutdowns, worker shortages, supply chain disruptions and other pandemic-related obstacles on small businesses. 


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Child care providers from across the state gathered in Indianapolis Thursday to discuss how best to use a massive influx of pandemic relief funding aimed at early childhood education. 

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The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection program recently announced more than $400 million in its first round for businesses across the country. Indiana companies received a small portion of the money from the program that aims to save thousands of U.S. jobs.

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After hours of debate Tuesday night, the St. Joseph County Council voted 6-3 to extend the Motels4Now homeless shelter program through March at a cost of $829,000. The funding is coming from the county’s share of federal COVID relief dollars through the American Rescue Plan.

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The Elkhart Common Council dedicated $6.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to two city infrastructure projects at its meeting Sept. 13. 


The first project, estimated to cost $3.6 million, will install new water and storm sewer mains in the area of Lasalle Street, McKinley Avenue and Benham Avenue. 


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At Victory College Prep, leaders face a challenge that used to be unusual in education: deciding how to spend a deluge of money. The school was awarded more than $10 million in federal coronavirus aid — nearly the whole budget for a typical year.

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An estimated 93,000 Hoosier households are behind on their rent, yet less than 20 percent of them have received emergency rental assistance through state and local programs.

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The South Bend Common Council held its fourth meeting to go over the proposed 2022 budget Wednesday. It focused on strategic operations spending, or money spent on city priorities in addition to the normal, baseline budget.

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The St. Joseph County Police Department is getting nearly $2.2 million to purchase a body camera system. The funding is coming from $10.5 million first round of the county’s nearly $53 million in American Rescue Plan dollars.

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South Bend Community School Corporation has announced a series of public meetings to take input on how the district should spend federal COVID-19 relief funds. The district is getting $92.7 million in federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds.


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The U.S. Department of Education has approved Indiana's plan outlining how the state is using the latest round of federal COVID-19 relief funding. Officials announced approval of Indiana's plan alongside a handful of other states Thursday. 


South Bend city officials gave their first overview of the city’s 2022 budget at a personnel and finance committee meeting Wednesday evening. 

The city proposed a total budget of $382.1 million dollars, not counting any federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. $305.6 million of that would go to baseline spending –– what the city needs to operate –– and the remaining $76.5 million would go to strategic spending, or what the city spends to improve residents’ quality of life.


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The Elkhart Common Council dedicated $2.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to two city infrastructure projects at its meeting on Aug. 2. 

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In his July 29 annual state of the city address, South Bend Mayor James Mueller made infrastructure investments a priority and announced plans for a revamped community center on the city’s west side.

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The St. Joseph County Council is set to discuss its first round of spending from the American Rescue Plan Act Tuesday evening. About $10.5 million of the county’s nearly $53-million allotment is on the table. 

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South Bend is holding a series of public meetings to plan the city’s 2022 budget, and there’s an extra focus on the nearly $59 million in federal dollars the city is getting from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The extra money is about one sixth of the city’s overall annual budget of nearly $350 million, and the city is holding three special public meetings on how to spend it:

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Some Hoosiers received the first monthly installment of a child tax credit Thursday. It’s a one-year-only program from the American Rescue Plan designed to help families emerge from the pandemic.


South Bend city officials had their first public conversation Wednesday night about how to spend the nearly $59 million the city will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act.


The Indiana Democratic Party spent the last month “on offense,” touring the state to promote the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan.

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Members of the religious coalition Faith in Indiana gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to do two things: call on Gov. Eric Holcomb to use part of Indiana’s share of the American Rescue Plan on gun violence intervention programs, and ask for a summer study committee to revisit proposed legislation for driving cards.

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President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law Thursday, intended to provide economic stimulus to those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what it means for unemployed Hoosiers.