Where can I find information about household assistance programs funded by the American Rescue Plan Act?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), H.R. 1319, was enacted into law. The full text of ARPA as enacted is available on Congress.gov (please note that it is a long bill and can take a few minutes to fully load in some browsers). The Law Library of Congress has prepared a series of resource-driven FAQs to assist researchers with questions about ARPA. All FAQs in this series share the topic “ARPA FAQS.”

These FAQs are for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. They are not statements on behalf of the United States Congress and do not represent the official opinion of the United States Government. To understand how ARPA may affect an individual, household, business, or other body, researchers must review the act itself.

 

ARPA allocates funding to help individuals and families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with household expenses. Various provisions of the Act set aside funding to assist with rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, child care services, and needs specific to older adults, among other programs.

ARPA also expands the child tax credit for eligible households and outlines the criteria to receive direct economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person. For more information about taxes and economic impact payments, see the Law Library’s related ARPA FAQs on those topics.

Additional resources may be added to this FAQ when/if sites are updated to reflect ARPA.

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Last Updated: Apr 02, 2021
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