With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Pennsylvania is building lasting assets. Recovery Act awards are helping to pave roads and fix bridges, fund clean water projects, strengthen a public education system that continues to produce academic gains for students, and improve our state's environment and energy efficiency. The Recovery Act is also helping those most in need through extended unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care. In the process, Pennsylvania is creating tens of thousands of jobs. For more detailed information about projects in your county, follow the corresponding project link below. In instances where projects impact more than one county, the project and funding amount may appear in other county summaries. Many other projects in the county are funded by Recovery Act dollars distributed directly from federal agencies. Information on those projects is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.
The project will increase energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding the health and safety of the resident. Eligible applicants are those persons or families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
On-site energy audits are conducted on each home to determine which of the following measures would be installed or services performed, up to an average of $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday.
The project will weatherize 1,612 homes through 3/31/12.
The project provides financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Funds will be used for activities to address the jurisdiction’s homelessness needs such as: financial assistance with rental payments; security deposits; utility payments or deposits; arrearages; moving costs; and, motel/hotel vouchers; and housing relocation and stabilization services such as case management; outreach and engagement; housing search and placement; legal services; and, credit repair.
Upgrade three pumps to provide a new station capacity of approximately 3 million gallons per day, install a backup generator, and variable frequency drives (VFD's) on 3 pump motors for better efficiency. This system serves 7,013 moderate income households in Upper Chichester Township. Current average annual sewer rates are $260. Rates are not expected to increase.
Replace 13,500 linear feet of 48 inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe with a 54 inch ductile iron pipe, stabilize 110 linear feet of bulkhead at the Chester Pump Station, and install energy saving harmonic filters at the Central Delaware County Pump Station.This system serves six low to moderate income municipalities (Chester City, Chester Township, and Brookhaven, Parkside, Trainer, and Upland Boroughs) all in Delaware County. Current average annual sewer rates are $238 and are not expected to increase.
Approximately 40,000 square feet of impervious surface is scheduled for disconnection removing 85,000 cubic feet of runoff from the headwaters of the Darby yearly. The overall cost is $134,750 or $1.44 per cubic foot removed before contingency.
The project will include housing and financial literacy training and asset development services designed to promote a Teen Savings Club targeting youth ages 14-18; an Individual Development Accounts for Education program for high school and college students; and a Family Savings Account program to stimulate family economic self-sufficiency. It will offer innovative employment related services, job training and related activities including training for “green” jobs and promote the growth and development of youth through establishment of a Healthy Living and Physical Fitness Program to include an anti-obesity component targeted towards children.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
Direct Benefits to Families
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The Recovery Act will help low income individuals and families with a 13.69% increase in the maximum Food Stamp (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) benefit. It also suspends the 3 month limit on assistance for many unemployed childless adults.
Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance.
Health Insurance for Unemployed
The Recovery Act will help make health care available to individuals who are involuntarily separated from their jobs. A COBRA subsidy will pay 65 percent of the monthly premium for individuals earning less than $145,000 and couples earning less than $290,000.
Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a $400 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. Married couples filing jointly and earning up to $150,000 will receive a $800 tax credit.
The Recovery Act will help these Pennsylvanians with a $25 per week increase in unemployment benefits through the rest of the year. It also provides additional weeks of benefits.
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.