Supporting Unhoused Neighbors

It was just one room, but to Toni it was everything.

Instead of sleeping in her car, she could lock her door, go to bed and feel safe at night. Toni is part of the latest group of city residents welcomed into “Jefferson Spaces”, a village of 100 tiny homes off South Jefferson.

From the city’s American Rescue Plan Act fund, $1.2 million was invested into Jefferson Spaces to purchase an additional 50 tiny homes, complete with showers and security.

Magdala Foundation manages the project and the organization provides wrap-around services like job skills training, mental health support, help getting identification and addiction treatment.

It’s all meant to put each resident on the path to permanent secure and stable housing.

Click here to see how it transformed Toni’s life and the promise it holds for hundreds of others who are seeking stable housing in the City of St. Louis.

Frequently asked questions

What is ARPA?

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion federal aid package passed by Congress in March, 2021 to provide financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, nonprofits and others impacted by the pandemic.

How much funding is there for the City of St. Louis?

The City of Saint Louis was awarded $498 million in recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. These funds represent a lifeline for thousands of families in our city who have been deeply impacted by the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. You can see how ARPA dollars are being distributed on the ARPA Funding Tracker.

How do I get ARPA funds for myself or my family?

Visit our American Rescue Plan Resource Guide. This is a one-stop shop where you’ll find all the programs currently available to you and your family. It includes instructions on how to apply.

How do I get ARPA funds for my business or non-profit?

Learn how to receive ARPA funding to power up your business or non-profit on our For My Business page.

Who has benefitted from ARPA so far?

Tens of thousands of families have benefitted from programs including direct cash payments, job training, health resources and free transportation. Explore available programs for you and your family.

When do ARPA funds expire?

All funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.

Where can I find an example RFP?

Here is a list of our current and past RFPs.