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 367homes through 3/31/12.
Install a clean 54.28 Kw grid intertied photovoltaic power generation system to provide at least 50% of the electric energy consumed at the Riddlesburg wastewater treatment plant which serves more than 500 homes and businesses in Broad Top Township and Coaldale Borough. Based on an energy audit which showed that the treatment plant currently operates at an energy intensity 70% below the national average the best way to lower national electricity demand and cut carbon emissions is to use solar energy on_site to offset fossil fuel generated electricity. Next year this project will provide a 5% rate savings to our wastewater consumers and remove 96,845 pounds of pollutants from the air while reusing an abandoned industrial site, providing 10 temporary jobs and retaining a permanent job. These savings will increase every year in the future as commercial electricity rates continue to go up. Conservation 50 plus %
Replacement of two (2) 75HP blowers with two (2) 60HP energy efficient blowers. The blowers provide air for aeration tanks, digesters, and air lifts at the Snake Spring Township Wastewater Treatment Plant. the exisiting blowers are nearing the end of their anticipated useful life and it is expected that the installation of the new blowers will reduce the energy demand while improving the treatment capabilities of the plant.
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.
Installation of approximately 52,000 linear feet of ductile iron waterline for Area 2, and 12,190 linear feet of ductile iron waterline for Area 3; also installation of 50 fire hydrants, air release vacuum valves, curb stop and curb connections and related appurtenances.The project will serve 327 low-income homes in the Imlertown, Briar Valley Road, Blattenburg/Camp Hughes, and Yount areas of Bedford Township, Bedford County. Average annual residential water rates are $377.00 and are not expected to increase.
Construction of a new headworks building, four sequencing batch reactors, an inside diameter primary digester, digester control house, sludge process building, replacement of two digester covers, construction of an ultraviolet disinfection building, bio-filter and related piping improvements.This project will serve 1,304 low income households in Bedford Borough and Bedford Township, Bedford County. Current average annual sewer rates are $273 and are expected to increase by 17%.
The company plans to capture rainwater via downspouts and convey it into a 10,000 gallon cistern which can be used to clean equipment; be plumbed into the building's toilets and urinals; and to replenish water supply for fire protection during droughts.
Everett Hardwoods Business Park will disconnect downspouts from the current underground conduit and tie roof downspouts into a 12-inch pipe which is tied to the outlets; replace existing storm water inlets; and rout stormwater into a bioswale facility for water quality improvement.
Preservation activities on six bridges in Bedford County as follows: 1. On Chaneysville Road (SR 2002) over Elk Lick Creek approximately 1/2 mile south
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
Direct Benefits to Families
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People Helped in Bedford County
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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.