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Just three Cleveland City Council meetings remain this year if the Jackson administration wants to pass its proposed ARPA spending plan for the first half of the city’s $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
NEON Health Services is requesting $2 million from the city’s ARPA budget to provide community health programming and repair the Hough Medical Center, which suffered a fire in May of this year. Yet the agency has been running up deficits, defaulting on its debts, and losing patients and staff for years, leading concerned employees to question the future of the organization.
Leaders in Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration provided an update today about how the city would spend its first round of $255 million in federal stimulus money. Standing in for the mayor, chief of staff Sharon Dumas outlined plans to spend the first batch of federal funding on revenue recovery, community and economic development, and public safety. She did not answer a reporter’s question about whether specific plans would be attached to future stimulus allocations.