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 583 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.
Improvements to the 37.7 million gallons per day sewage treatment plant include upgrades to the dewatering, grit systems, and effluent reuse facilities; demolition of the sludge incinerator, modifications to the walls of the chlorine contact tanks, replacement of the digester high pressure gas line, and rehabilitation of both the biogas sphere and primary digester. The system serves 12,200 low income households in the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County. The current average annual residential sewer rate is $247.
Construction of new 120,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment facility which will meet the existing permit parameters, as well as the future Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reduction Regulations for Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus. This system serves 278 low income households in the borough of Gratz, Dauphin county. Current average annual sewer rates are $624 and are not expected to increase.
Widen to five lanes from Old Jonestown Road to Fairville Avenue and widen to three lanes from Fairville Avenue toward Linglestown; install traffic signals, and perform Bridge preservation on State Route 39
The project will provide job training and placement for full and part time employment and offer employment related transportation. It will partner with Weed & Seed to introduce youths to potential agricultural/horticultural careers and provide GED training. It will assist with foreclosure mitigation and financial literacy training and expand services among the current refugee/immigrant populations through extended English as a Second Language (ESL) and job training/placement activities.
The project is offering enhanced training opportunities to the Community Action Agencies within Pennsylvania. This training will include seminars on expanding and strengthening the Family Economic Success projects in PA (Financial Literacy). The agency will subcontract with PA Legal Aid to provide training on legal issues regarding all aspects of employment law. It will support expanded training and technical assistance to the Family Credentialing Program by the inclusion of four new Community Action Agencies at the training. It will also include an expansion of their web- based training curriculum for all member agencies.
The project will offer a Commercial Driver’s License program and provide computer training skills classes to make participants more employable. Children will receive health screenings to ensure they may participate in the Migrant Head Start and Regional Head Start programs. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be offered to help participants increase their ability to obtain employment. Financial literacy training will also be provided.
The project supports the 1% mandate to provide Outreach and Information and Referral services to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the availability of, and access to, social service delivery systems. The organization will work in conjunction with the Department of Public Welfare and its 43 member agencies to implement the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) stystem. COMPASS is Pennsylvania's response to the increasing complexity of program delivery and accessibility by providing online screening and application for services offered by the Commonwealth. Specifications will be developed for equipment purchase (laptops, scanners and printers) necessary to operate the COMPASS software. The organization will offer on-going year long training on the system with the goal of increasing the number of COMPASS applications, doubling the current number of agencies using COMPASS by the end of the contract. Training will be conducted at three regional sites as well as the annual spring conference.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
Direct Benefits to Families
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People Helped in Dauphin 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.