Coronavirus Relief for Communities: APA Breaks It Down

President Trump has signed into law the mammoth coronavirus relief package that will provide immediate relief to local governments in need of support.

Now that the CARES Act is officially law, we are highlighting what we know is in it — including major funding injections for state and local governments — that planners will need to help their communities weather and recover from this crisis.

Planning is essential in this time of unprecedented need. It will be especially critical in the weeks and months to come to guide the application of this funding to have the most impact on the future health, safety, and stability of their communities.

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, APA Policy Director Jason Jordan held a rapid-response legislative briefing to help planners understand what's in the bill. Download the slides or watch the briefing in its entirety here:



We are also breaking down the critical planning-related portions of the bill on Twitter. Be sure to follow @APAAdvocates for additional updates and information as it becomes available.


March 27, 2020