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Recovery Roadmap

The Burien City Council approved a plan to invest $10.8 million in federal funds to help Burien bounce back faster from pandemic-related impacts.

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Background Information

American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act is President Biden’s plan to provide direct relief to Americans, contain COVID-19, and rescue the economy.

Burien’s COVID Response

For the past two years, the City of Burien has leveraged federal stimulus funding through the CARES Act and partnered with local nonprofits, community leaders, and government agencies to deliver direct relief to our community, helping Burien move forward together through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law. ARPA is a $1.9 trillion package that includes direct relief to states, counties, cities, and towns as well as public utilities, libraries, and transit agencies. 

How can cities like Burien use ARPA funds?

Cities can use ARPA funds to: support public health expenditures, address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, replace lost public sector revenue, provide premium pay for essential workers, and invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

What is the deadline to spend ARPA funds?

Cities have until December 31, 2024, to obligate funds and until December 31, 2026, to spend funds.

Project Timeline

January-March 2022


The City talks to internal stakeholders and determines revenue loss caused by the pandemic.

March-May 2022


The community shares funding priorities by completing surveys, attending meetings, and joining focus groups.

June-August 2022


The City prepares investment plan based on direction from Burien City Council.

August 2022


The Burien City Council adopts investment plan.

October-December 2026


The City shares progress as funds are spent and projects are completed.

Last Updated: November 7, 2023