During the height of the pandemic, while the world was coping and re-adjusting daily, the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the communities where the Land Bank holds properties came into focus on a state and national level. By actively communicating with its network of other Land Banks as well as the Center for Community Progress and government officials, the CCLBA was poised and ready to present the needs of our communities.
When the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was introduced, the Land Bank presented quantifiable data validating the impact of previous work and investment. Ultimately, the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners approved two separate allocations of ARPA funding totaling $912,500 for the Land Bank to continue its work. These funds assist with predevelopment hurdles, staffing and lost revenue due to the pandemic. ARPA dollars were used to support much needed blight elimination projects in the cities of Albion and Battle Creek in 2020 as well as to bridge the gap in work that was disrupted by the pandemic. The Land Bank will continue to use these funds to alleviate property related challenges in qualified areas.