DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton Commission approved the allocation of funds for the American Rescue Plan Act at its meeting Wednesday night.
$ 138 million will be distributed to the community starting next year.
“They need to move this money around to improve the lives of people in our community and really fix some of the systems we’ve put in place and transform our community,” said Mayor Nan Whaley.
About a third of the funding will benefit minority and underserved populations in Dayton, through organizations such as the Miami Valley Urban League.
“This opportunity for ARPA funds has allowed us to have more impact,” Miami Valley Urban League Executive Director Nicole Miller said at the meeting.
However, not everyone at Wednesday’s meeting shared the excitement.
“Unfortunately, our project was not chosen,” said Turkish community center Ahiska project coordinator Joe Moralez.
The Turkish Dayton Ahiska Community Center has sent in an application to help fund a $ 6.5 million sports complex and outdoor field for young people in Dayton.
“The city lacks a lot of recreational spaces, especially for our young people, and we were hoping to be able to work for the city to try to specially use these ARPA funds to create this space,” Moralez said.
Another unsuccessful project is to bring a hospital back to the west side of Dayton.
“The people of this Northwest Dayton community are suffering because they are not receiving adequate health care,” said Bishop Richard Cox.
Mayor Nan Whaley said the city hopes projects that have not been funded will work with the city to make them possible in the future.
“I think there will be an opportunity for people to really build on these ideas and make our community and our city stronger,” said Whaley.
“We will definitely continue to move forward, continue to garner support from the community,” Moralez said.
Tonight’s vote finalized the plans, now the city will move on to creating agreements with recipients to ensure federal guidelines for funding are followed.
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