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County of Sonoma ARPA Community Work Group

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The  ARPA Community Work Group will support the equitable distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds by elevating the experiences and needs of the low income communities and communities of color most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

The federal government allocated $96 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to Sonoma County to:

  1. Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses;
  2. Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic;
  3. Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;
  4. And replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs.

Approximately $20 million have already been allocated to assist the County with ongoing COVID-19 response needs. 

Composition

In alignment with the County’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan pillar, the County of Sonoma recognizes that meaningful and effective change can only occur when we co-create solutions with the communities most impacted, in this case, by COVID-19. Local COVID-19 data reveals that Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic, and they are also the communities that have historically been the least engaged. Therefore, an explicit focus on these populations will be reflected in the composition of the Work Group, which will be comprised of 12-15 members.

Responsibilities

The ARPA Community Work Group will facilitate the County’s commitment to lead with racial justice and invest in partnerships and strategies that will lead us to achieve equitable outcomes under ARPA goals 1 and 2, as described above. 

The Group will work with County staff to:

●   Establish priorities, metrics & accountability measures for the use of ARPA funds towards the recovery of  Black, Indigenous, communities of color, and low income communities.

●     Create effective community partnerships rooted in racial equity to ensure broad access to ARPA funds.

●   Ensure ARPA planning aligns with the County’s Racial Equity & Social Justice pillar.

●     Other responsibilities may emerge during this process.

Expected time commitment and compensation

●     Participation in monthly meetings, periodic work groups, and review of meeting materials. Time commitment may vary at different stages of the process.

●     Work Group members will be compensated for their time. 

Application Process

Who should apply?

Community members and representatives of local community based organizations or service providers representing different supervisorial districts are invited to apply. The lived experiences, perspectives, and expertise of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are fundamental to the success of this work. We strongly encourage applications from people who hold these identities and lived experience, and within these identities, youth, people identifying as LGBTQ+, and people living with disabilities.

Deadline: Sept 6, 2021 

Candidate Checklist

●     Submit a 200-300 word statement OR send us a link to a video (limited to 3 minutes) that explains your interest in serving on this group.

●     Provide two letters from community members and/or representatives of community organizations attesting to your qualifications, connections to community, and commitment to racial equity. 

●     Email the link to the video OR the statement AND your two support letters to ARPA@sonoma-county.org by the end of the day on September 6, 2021. Please reference the candidate’s name in the email subject line. We ask participants to adhere to one submission, either video or written statement, and to not exceed the maximum number of minutes, or words, in their statement/video or it will not be reviewed. 

A review committee comprised of County staff will review and score applications, and announce appointments during the September 14 Board of Supervisors meeting. Please send all questions and inquiries to ARPA@sonoma-county.org.

Contact Information

American Rescue Plan Act

County of Sonoma