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Syracuse Speaks-ARPA In The Community

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Katie Zilcosky
Homes are under construction in a housing cluster between Woodland, Garfield, and Baker on Syracuse's South Side. The new homes are on plots acquired by the Greater Syracuse Landbank and built by HomeHeadquarters as a part of the city's Resurgent Neighborhood Initiative. The Greater Syracuse Landbank received $5 million of ARPA funding for property demolition and stabilization.

The American Rescue Plan Act passed in March of this year and sent $123 million to the City of Syracuse and $89 million for Onondaga County. The goal for this money is to help restore local governments hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, we look at the plans and priorities of the city and county, and how the money gets from the U.S. Treasury to people in our community who need assistance.

A segment of this show includes audio from the County Executive's budget presentation that was provided by CNYCentral.

Music in this program is courtesy of Purple Planet Music.

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Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, poverty, and identity.