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The Recovery Act At Work
Bucks County
$115,177,059 *
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/.
Education
Energy
Energy $4,905,963 *
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 603 homes through 3/31/12.
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $646,976 *
The project will replace 140 linear feet of 15 inch pipe that has deteriorated over time and stabilize the cart way with a driving surface aggregate.
Applying 20,800 tons of Driving Surface Aggregate (modified/crushed stone) to the dirt and gravel roads in this area, after spraying the road with 13,000 gallons of 35% calcium chloride mixed with water for dust control.
Public Safety
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $44,471,474 *
Construction of the New Hope Canal Walk including landscaping and pedestrian and lighting improvements from the new public parking facility to the Delaware River in New Hope Borough
Intersection Improvements (4), Rehabilitation, Road Surface, and Installation of Traffic Calming Devices to Stoopville Road in Newton Township
Construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramps in various locations of Bucks County
$22,696,709
Installation of ITS devices on Interstate 95 in various locations of Bucks and Philadelphia Counties
Installation of ITS devices in various locations of Philadelphia and Bucks Counties
Workforce
Workforce $963,749 *
The project will consist of the development of an Integrated Service Plan with the PA CareerLink partners with the following priorities: Employment with appropriate training; Employment with family sustaining wages with appropriate training; housing support while seeking to reconnect with the workforce and micro-enterprise development and training. Households will increase their financial resources through filing Federal Earned Income Tax credits. Families will secure safe, affordable permanent housing of choice by working with the housing program and supportive services until they can sustain their housing via income. Families will participate in Financial Literacy training, including opening Individual Development Account/Family Savings Aaccount type savings accounts. Eviction avoidance through emergency rental or mortgage assistance will be provided to families who will then be referred into the agency’s self sufficiency counseling program.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Bucks County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 29,762 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. March 2010
Health Insurance 51,583 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 26,000 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. March 2010
Taxpayer Relief 283,464 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. October 2009
Unemployment Compensation 18,100 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. March 2010
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.
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Oversight Commission
The Stimulus Oversight Commission reviews, monitors and advises PA’s plans for stimulus spending to assure that citizens get the best from the program. Learn more.
Hotline
Concerned about suspected illegal or irresponsible actions regarding Recovery spending?  Call 877-888-7927. Learn more.
Do you want to view Recovery project contracts?
Contracts awarded for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds by state agencies are posted online through the Pennsylvania Treasury’s office. Search for ARRA contracts.