By Josh Resnek
A succession of speakers backed by a crowd of Everett young people about 60 strong who sat in the audience inside the council chamber Monday night decried the city’s lack of interest in using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to relieve suffering and to create a more equitable distribution of city funding
At least a half dozen speakers said that ARPA money is not being used as it was intended.
Several speakers indicated that using ARPA funds for culverts and road work is neither within the scope of the federal mandate governing the use of the funds, nor does the administration’s use of the funding so far enhance equity for those suffering from the stress and the reality of the pervasive poverty and food insecurity that has followed as a result of the pandemic.
Primary among those speakers were members of the city’s One Everett organization, the Everett Youth Initiative and School Committeewoman Samantha Lambert as well as activist Paula Steriti.
Speakers asked for the ARPA money to be used for public transportation and for public schools.
Another asked for funds to be used to rescue and to help those affected by the pandemic, who lost their jobs, their apartments, their savings accounts and their health.Continue reading “ARPA funding failing residents and bearing no relationship to real needs”