The city of Detroit is planning on spending all of its’ $827 million in federal pandemic aid by 2025, a year ahead of the U.S. Treasury’s deadline to have the money fully spent. But where will that money be invested in the city?  

The City has spent some of the American Rescue Plan Act funding already to establish new job training and home repair programs, as well as to provide basement flood protection and legal aid for residents facing evictions. Future funding could be focused on down payment housing assistance, emergency shelters, nonprofit funding support, community violence intervention programs, improvements to parks and greenways, digital equity and workforce training, and more, according to BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett.  

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One Detroit producer Will Glover sat down with Barrett, who’s been following the story closely, to better understand how this final swath of funding will impact Detroiters’ daily lives. They dig into where the money is going, when it will be spent and how much federal pandemic aid has been spent by the city already. Plus, they discuss what the critics think and why the City wants to spend its funding ahead of the national deadline. 

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