Washoe County ARPA Implementation


Currently Funded ARPA-SLFRF Projects

Safe Camp Capital $4,693,132

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The Washoe County Safe Camp is a space for unhoused individuals to have access to a safe location for camping with basic facilities including restrooms, handwashing facilities, and trash disposal. The project expands on previous work by the Washoe County Homeless Services Division to create a safe location with 50 modular temporary housing pods to replace current tents, add a covered shade structure, and build a small structure to serve as a multi-purpose building for individual's needs, including a day center a case management office space. 

Nevada Cares Campus Capital $21,468,706

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The Nevada Cares Campus is a new and dynamic project in our region. The project includes significant property improvements including, landscaping, bathrooms, showers, laundry, pet facilities, and the addition of a serving kitchen/cafeteria, case management/training space, construction of 50 units of bridge housing, and other site improvements/redesigns.

Cares Campus - Facilities Operations $7,971,644

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The Nevada Cares Campus is a transitional housing facility for unhoused individuals in Washoe County. The project includes the addition of 28 staff members to implement evidence-based approaches at the Nevada Cares Campus. These staff members include one medical billing specialist, one mental health counselor supervisor, three case manager supervisors, 18 case managers, three mental health counselors I, and two mental health counselors II. This project increases facilities capacity and additional positions to ensure more robust and effective emergency homeless shelter services and case management.

Homeless Management Information System - Case Management $250,000

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a database tool that collects comprehensive data about community members experiencing homelessness. This tool is designed to coordinate services and housing referrals among providers throughout the community. The majority of community members who will benefit from this project live below the federal poverty line. This project will increase the capacity of the County's HMIS by expanding the number of licenses for community partners and establishing a case management module to better track case outcomes. This project supports the regional Built for Zero effort.

WellCare Living Supports and Services Pilot Project $1,255,200

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

Washoe County's WellCare facility serves community members suffering with severe mental illness, or intellectual or developmental disabilities who have not been able to access the supportive housing resources they need as a result of COVID-19. The project provides for supportive housing of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions that impede their ability to live with complete independence and includes access to comprehensive case management and continuum of care who would other remain or become homeless due to their medical, physical, intellectual, or mental health condition.

Kids Kottage Emergency Beds $1,403,000

Expenditure Category: 2.13: Healthy Childhood Environments: Services to Foster Youth or Families Involved in Child Welfare System

Washoe County Human Services Agency’s Kids Kottage serves the region’s abused and neglected children by providing emergency housing to children unable to be placed with foster families, relatives, or fictive kin. Kids Kottage operates 24-hour and is intended to provide temporary, emergency protective care for Washoe County children who have been removed from their home until alternative care options can be identified, although some do remain at the Kottages because no other care options are available. At Kids Kottage, children are given medical, mental health, and educational evaluations and support to ensure their needs are met. The project will add 15 beds effectively doubling capacity to reduce child to staff ratios.

Addressing Human Services Agency Critical Staffing $527,133

Expenditure Category: 3.1: Public Sector Workforce: Payroll and Benefits for Public Health, Public Safety, or Human Services Workers

The Washoe County Human Services Agency Child Protective Services Division has identified three positions as critical for managing the increased demand on staff caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will hire three positions (one Runner, one Intake Screener, one Assessment Case Worker) to administer services directly to support children in foster care and the children or families involved in the Child Welfare System.

Human Services Agency Vehicles $283,500

Expenditure Category: 2.13: Healthy Childhood Environments: Services to Foster Youth or Families Involved in Child Welfare System

Washoe County Human Services Agency identified a need for nine vehicles to add to its fleet to assist with the transportation needs of the population served. This need is a result of the increased caseloads resulting during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The resulting stressors of the pandemic (such as COVID fatigue, loss of employment, and reduced access to childcare coupled with increased demands of exclusions and restrictions) has led to a positive correlation in child abuse and neglect intake referrals and assessment cases. Vehicles have high passenger capacity, ability to safely fit multiple car seats, all-wheel drive ability, and overall easy accessibility for younger children and those with physical and mental disabilities. Vehicles will be used to address increased caseload for young children and families involved with the foster system to be transported to appointments, visitations, school, and other required essential services.

Our Place Site Enhancements $926,477

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The Washoe County Our Place campus is a facility for women and families experiencing homelessness. The campus has been designed to meet COVID social distancing recommendations. The project intends to complete on-site fencing, landscaping, and miscellaneous repairs and interior/exterior finishes on existing buildings. Addressing the landscaping, fencing, and painting needs of the campus will ensure safe ingress and egress for the residents on the campus, particularly in winter. In addition, it will ensure the buildings are protected from damage caused by drainage, foot traffic, weather, etc. which ensures all space can remain available to clients still following social distancing guidelines.

Our Place Garden Fencing $164,377

Expenditure Category: 2.16: Long-term Housing Security: Services for Unhoused Persons

The project at the Our Place campus includes installing fencing around the 2.6-acre community garden and mini-farm on the property. The project will support the fencing around the perimeter of the garden to secure the garden space. Including activities like gardening and farming at the Our Campus facility works to increase the success of individuals. Women and families will be able to learn to grow food and provide for themselves while feeling safe in a fenced-in environment.

Public Defender Workstations $75,341

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Washoe County Public Defender is hiring three attorneys and two support staff for a period of 24 months to address COVID-19 pandemic-imposed backlog. The project will include workstations for these new staff members and COVID-19 related facility enhancements to allow for a safe client-attorney meetings and work.

Public Defender Attorneys & Support Staff $1,240,854

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Washoe County Public Defender’s project aims to hire three attorneys for 24 months. Each attorney will receive an average of 255 cases per year and is expected to close an average of 259 cases per year. The three attorneys will be able to provide representation to clients and close 1,530 cases over the term of the grant. This will close the cases received/cases closed disparity. This will positively impact the criminal case backlog within the courts. Restoring balance to the Public Defenders case received case closed ratio will benefit the court system, the criminal justice system and most importantly the vulnerable and indigent population whose communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Public Defender client is indigent or receives government benefits or has an income that is less than 200% of the federally designated level signifying poverty. Additional personnel needed to support the work of the three attorney’s includes a legal secretary and an investigator.

District Attorney's Office - Facility Improvements $390,732

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Washoe County District Attorney is hiring three attorneys and two support staff for a period of 24 months to address COVID-19 pandemic-imposed backlog. The project will include workstations for these new staff members and COVID-19 related facility enhancements to allow for a safe client-attorney meetings and work.

District Attorney's Office - Court Case Backlog Personnel $2,032,682

Expenditure Category: 3.2: Public Sector Workforce: Rehiring Public Sector Staff

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office will hire three deputy district attorneys, investigator, and two legal secretaries to address court backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sparks Socially Distanced Jury Courtroom $380,900

Expenditure Category: 1.4: Prevention in Congregate Settings (Nursing Homes, Prisons/Jails, Dense Work Sites, Schools, Child care facilities, etc.)

Sparks Justice Court requested ARPA funds to create a new courtroom that will accommodate fourteen jurors and provide equitable distancing, thus providing a safer operating environment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sparks Justice Court ceased all jury trials scheduled from March 2020 and did not resume jury trials until July 2021. The court was backlogged over 20 jury trials due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Additionally, virtual hearings conducted because of the COVID-19 public health emergency take much longer and require additional staffing resources, creating further delay in adjudicating cases. The new courtroom will provide an opportunity to contract with Pro Tempore’s and temporary staff to move cases forward to mitigate further backlog.

Sparks Justice Court - JAVS Audio Visual Upgrade $138,638 Completed June 2022

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

Sparks Justice Court will use funding to make necessary upgrades to courtroom audiovisual technology. The project meets the growing demand for remote access to justice for public safety, expedited processing of case backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the negative impact of low-quality audiovisual technology on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals and those who are hard of hearing. Additionally, this project addresses the quality of evidence sharing with onsite and remote parties and the preservation of such records within the certified recording system. Currently, the court experiences many issues in evidence cart connections and shared quality due to the outdated use of video graphics arrays and multiple down/up scalers to transmit the proceedings into the recorder, witness stand, and public visual display. These are critical fixes needed to continue virtual hearings and ensure every court user receives a quality experience.

Reno Justice Court- Courtroom A Remodel $500,000

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Reno Justice Court will be modifying an existing courtroom to accommodate for additional jury members and members of the public to allow for social distancing and to comply with Nevada Assembly Bill 42, which expanded the size of a justice court jury from six to twelve. The Court has at times restricted the number of individuals who can come to the Court in-person during the pandemic.  Although many types of cases can still be adjudicated in such circumstances due to remote proceedings, criminal trials cannot be conducted remotely as criminal defendants have a Constitutional right to in-person cross-examination of witnesses against them.  This has created a significant back log of criminal cases.

Self Help Center $90,675

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Reno Justice Court is currently constructing a physical space to house a self-help center. The project will furnish the space with computer terminals, workstations, chairs, and modular walls/doors for conference rooms.  Once this area is furnished, self-represented litigants will be able to use the space to, among other things, oppose a residential eviction, oppose a debt collection proceeding, seal a criminal record, or file/oppose a small claims case. Self-represented litigants will be able to obtain assistance with registering for the Court's electronic filing system, and the Court will allow representative from local legal aid organizations to use the space to provide advice and counsel to these individuals.

Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff’s Positions $1,956,096

Expenditure Category: 3.1: Public Sector Workforce: Payroll and Benefits for Public Health, Public Safety, or Human Services Workers

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will hire 20 Deputy Sheriff's and two Sergeants to address the increased criminal activity in service areas. From increased high-risk calls for service such as domestic violence to the expanded mental health needs of individuals housed in the Detention Facility, the workload placed on Deputies has increased exponentially. Sheriff’s Office deputies are the first responders to emergency calls from both the Nevada Cares Campus and the Washoe County Safe Camp. These calls will involve more time and complexity. The project will include the equipment needed to onboard these 22 positions including: radios, tasers, Ballistic vests, weapon allowance, four (4) vehicles, and recruitment costs. 

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office UVC Sanitizing Program $140,000

Expenditure Category: 1.4: Prevention in Congregate Settings (Nursing Homes, Prisons/Jails, Dense Work Sites, Schools, Child care facilities, etc.)

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will install UVC Light Sanitizing equipment to eliminate exposure to contagious diseases by killing bacteria or viruses prior to cleaning the inmate cells or housing units. This project will reduce costs for cleaning supplies because the equipment will sanitize the Detention Facility instead of personnel routinely cleaning it to eliminate the bacteria or viruses by wiping handrails, high touch areas, etc.

Clerk’s Office Administrative Staffing $58,895

Expenditure Category: 3.3: Public Sector Workforce: Other

This project at the County Clerk's Office is to hire one assistant staff member to support the homelessness board and Clerk for six months.

Medical Examiner Contract Staff, Pooled Positions, Overtime, PPE & Supplies $190,000

Expenditure Category: 1.5: Personal Protective Equipment

The caseload for the Medical Examiner’s Office increased by more than 16% between 2019 and 2020 and is projected to increase by a total of 22% between 2019 and 2021. Due to the significant increase in deaths in the region, the Medical Examiner’s Office needs additional funding for personnel to handle the caseload increase. The ME's Office must investigate and conduct additional testing on other deaths as potential COVID-related deaths (cases in which COVID had not been diagnosed but in which similar symptoms are present).  Many of these deaths do not end up being COVID-related but additional time and effort are used to make that determination which increases the workload for employees.  The Medical Examiner’s Office also needs additional supplies to perform its mandated duties.  This funding will allow the purchase of additional lab supplies (such body bags, scalpels, etc.) that are required for the office as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.  During the pandemic, there has been (and continues to be) significant supply chain shortages.  The Medical Examiner’s Office had to exhaust its normal supply reserves due to the lack of availability of supplies and has yet to recover.

District Court Courtrooms Audio Visual Upgrade $1,285,000

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Washoe County District Court will increase audio-visual technology to allow for additional court proceedings for remote courts. The District Court will install the cameras, microphones and media carts necessary to have true audio‐visual capabilities in each court room. This project also includes a new Audio‐Visual Technician for 24 months.

Mobile Outreach Vehicle/Command Post $490,000

Expenditure Category: 1.14: Other Public Health Services

The Health District will develop plans for and purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will also serve as a central command post in emergencies. The vehicle will allow for targeted outreach focusing on highly socially-vulnerable zip codes. A mobile outreach vehicle/command post will allow training and education to healthcare partners in the community, increasing WCHD’s ability to provide medical services and mass vaccinate through targeted outreach.  In addition, the vehicle will be utilized at Public Health Preparedness exercises of a varying types thus increasing public health and healthcare response in the region. The vehicle will be setup with an exam room to provide clinical services to help close the gap of health outcomes by going to underserved zip codes, specifically zip codes of high social vulnerability index as noted above, including multiple ethnic groups, with low vaccine rates and low access to health care. By increasing access to healthcare preparedness and access to clinical services, Washoe County Health District would be mitigating the economic, social and health impact of COVID-19 on our underserved and vulnerable population.

Public Health Technology Infrastructure $300,000

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Environmental Health Services and Air Quality Management Divisions project will contract with a vendor to implement the following: 1) Simplify the public facing processes to increase functionality and use and 2) Automate all processes including all permits and inspections. By updating the Accela system, focusing on customer ease of use, ensuring all processes are automated and efficient, and reporting is easy and comprehensive, the Health District will be able to meet the public health needs more rapidly in Washoe County. This project will also improve the technology infrastructure to assist in meeting the current backlog and assist in the prevention of future backlogs.

Children's Cabinet Signs of Suicide – Community Grant Award $100,000 Completed June 2022

Expenditure Category: 1.12: Mental Health Services

The Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program is a nationally recognized, evidence-based, program for middle and high school-age students. The ARPA grant will be used for operating expenses to ensure the program is fully funded for the 2021-2022 school year.

Great Reno Balloon Race – 2022 Event Support  $100,000

Expenditure Category: 2.35: Aid to Tourism Travel or Hospitality

The Subgrant to The Great Reno Balloon Race will be used towards operational expenses for the Great Reno Balloon Race of 2022 and ensure future sustainability of the event. The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. During four days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with up to 100 balloons each year. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races and 39 years later, it is known as a world-renowned, and locally as a beloved community tradition.  

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Security Upgrade $2,000,000

Expenditure Category: 3.4 Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility and Washoe County Courts at 1 South Sierra and 75 Court Street have security control systems that have been discontinued, reached end of life (vendor support) or will by October of 2023.These systems allow Sheriff Support Specialists to monitor and control access to some of the most secure and sensitive locations in the entire county. Currently, the software and hardware components operate poorly and are prone to intermittent failures that require repairs and impede the safe and timely flow of traffic through these facilities. An upgrade and replacement of components will ensure the continued reliable operation of these areas well into the future. 

Regional COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Research $504,258.66

Expenditure Category: 1.7 Other COVID-19 Public Health Expenses (including Communications, Enforcement, Isolation/Quarantine)

The City of Sparks administers the regional contract with the University of Nevada Reno to conduct a regional investigation of SARS-CoV-2 presence in wastewater and community prevalence monitoring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research is to conduct environmental surveillance of wastewater at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) and in the collection systems by monitoring of SARS-COV2 Marker during the pandemic in the Truckee Meadows region. Data is used to develop models that can indicate community prevalence of COVID19 in the population.  

Wilbur D. May Museum Operations $200,000 Completed June 2022

Expenditure Category: 3.3: Public Sector Workforce: Other

This SLFRF allocation will provide support for the Wilbur D. May Museum to implement programming and continue normal operations as it recovers from the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum was required to close its doors when COVID-19 public health emergency hit but was still required to provide payment to the vendor for a previously purchased exhibit. The Museum also lost revenue for wedding reservations, large events, small events, art shows and the Museum collection. This resulted in a significant revenue loss. The SLFRF support will allow for recovery as the Museum returns to self-sustainability. The Museum has been self-sustained since 2009, relying on and operating from exhibit revenues, facility reservation revenues until COVID-19.

Recruitment & Retention Incentive Program $150,000

Expenditure Category: 3.3: Public Sector Workforce: Other

The Washoe County Recruitment & Retention Incentive Program is used to assist with the recruitment and retention of employees in difficult to fill positions in the County that are impacted by a shortage of qualified labor in the region and/or to assist with the recruitment of positions into the County where the private sector has a competitive advantage with salary and retention incentive opportunities through 3 programs: Recruitment Incentive; Employee Referral Incentive; Retention Incentive.  

Washoe Wellness Center $51,252 Completed June 2022

Expenditure Category: 6.1: Revenue Replacement: Provision of Government Services

To provide Washoe county employees with a modest fitness center on site to promote healthy work-life balance and living healthier lifestyles. The Employee Wellness Center at the 9th and Wells Complex includes adjustments to existing facilities to increase airflow and the purchase of fitness equipment.

Incline Village Justice Court Renovations $747,800

Expenditure Category: 3.4: Public Sector Capacity: Effective Service Delivery

Incline Justice Court renovations allow a temporary use for the Incline Village Justice Court to occupy the space for short term duration of approximately 3-5 years. The Courtroom is to be configured with modular judicial components Northern interior space is to be configured as a security screening area, Western office are to be reconfigured for the Constables Office and Court Clerks with service windows provided. The Southern edge offices (2) are to be configured for the Judge and Judicial Assistant offices. The electrical and data system will be upgraded to accept the court uses. The mechanical ducting will be revised to accept the new room and zoning configurations. Exterior Improvements will be limited to signage and way finding graphics.


Board of County Commissioners Reports

June 28, 2022 BCC Meeting 

The Board of County Commissioners apprved an increase of budget to two projects - Kids Kottage and Well Care. Additionally, the BCC approved the Incline Village Justice Court Renovation project for $747,800. 

6-28-2022 Staff Report

May 24, 2022 BCC Meeting Update

On May 24th, 2022, the Washoe County Commissioners approved funding for five new ARPA-funded projects for $2,902,258.66. 

Staff Report 5-24-2022

May 10, 2022 BCC Meeting Update

On May 10, 2022 Commissioners approved amended award allocations for three projects after competitive bid processes came in above the previously budgeted amounts. Budget increases were made to Our Place Site Enhancements, Our Place Garden, and Safe Camp Capital projects.

Staff Report 5-10-2022

April 26, 2022 BCC Meeting Update

On April 26 , 2022 Commissioners discuss Community Reinvestment Program in the form of community grants: Community Reinvestment Manager Gabrielle Enfield presented the newly created Community Reinvestment Program, which is designed to build a resilient Washoe County by connecting federal, state and local grant funds to areas of need.

Washoe County received $91.5 million in ARPA-SLFRF grants, $46.7 million of which has been awarded so far to 25 internal projects and two nonprofit awards. The second tranche of funding is anticipated around May 19, 2022. The majority of projects are started, and most are focused on “negative economic impacts,” i.e. homeless services and capital improvement projects, and services for youth and social services.

The Community Grant Program is a $4 million program made up of small grants up to $50,000 and standard grants up to $1 million. Staff will conduct community outreach about the program in the month of May, with the application period opening in June, and funding awarded in October.

“I think there may be opportunities when you have departmental meetings to chat with folks to see what are nonprofits doing in the community that would assist your work in the County,” Commissioner Alexis Hill said. “I think there’s a real opportunity to find a great nexus and do that transformational programming.”

4-26-2022 ARPA Update - PowerPoint

January 11, 2022 BCC Meeting Update

On January 11, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners approved two subgrants to local nonprofits. The Children's Cabinet received $100,000 to support it's Signs of Suicide program. The Great Reno Balloon Race received $100,000 to support the annual event in September 2022. 

1-11-2022 Staff Report - Subgrants

1-11-2022 Staff Report - Cares Campus Amendment

December 14, 2021 BCC Meeting Update

On December 14, 2021, the Board of County Commissioner received a status update and approved allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds through the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund in a total amount of $40,201,764.00.  

The projects fall within the American Rescue Plan Act (and the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund) eligible uses, include a implementation process, and come with extensive compliance and reporting requirements. See a full list the projects and project descriptions are included in the ARPA 12-14-21 staff report.