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The Recovery Act At Work
Jefferson County
$18,471,573 *
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 $2,637,077 *
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 348 homes through 3/31/12.
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $787,741 *
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.
The project involves the construction of approximately 25,400 linear feet of sanitary sewer collection and conveyance system lines along with apputenances to serve the Village of Soldier and Sykesville School Road Area of the township. The Soldier Area sanitary system will connect to, and be treated by, the Borough of Sykesville sanitary sewer facilities.
Renovation of approximately 200 linear feet of sidewalk and curbing at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center. New concrete sidewalks and handicapped accessible curbing will be installed.
Ridge Avenue - Storm Sewer Improvement Project This project is part of a multi-year CDBG funded project in the Hastings Street Area of the borough. The Ridge Ave. phase of the project consists of the construction of storm water inlets, approximately 460 linear feet of 15-inch N-12 storm sewer, and associated paving to confine the storm water within the roadway surface. Village of Stump Creek - Water System Improvement Project This project involves the replacement of approximately four 4-inch gate valves and eleven 6-inch gate valves, the replacement of approximately 24 service lines, the installation of approximately 120 residential water meters and the installation of an emergency back-up generator for the Village of Stump Creek.
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $4,367,595 *
Rehabilitation of State Route 2023 over Conrail Railroad in Pine Creek Township
Preservation of State Route 3011 Hamilton bridge over Little Mahoning Creek in Perry Township
Resurfacing of State Route 36 from Main Street to Newcome Road (Township Road-402) in Punxsutawney Borough and Young, Perry and Oliver Townships
Construct curb ramps within Brockway Borough along PA 28
Resurfacing and construction of curb ramps from the intersection of PA 36 at the Margiotti Bridge in Punxsutawney Borough south to the intersection of US 119 in Young Township
Workforce
Workforce $449,664 *
The project will implement a comprehensive plan to address the needs of youth, families, unemployed and businesses to include: the development of a Business Employment Stability and Training Project (BESAT) to assist unemployed persons obtain and maintain employment and strengthen businesses experiencing financial hardship; expansion of youth training and education services; establishment of a youth Industrial Club, an after-school program focusing on the top career needs of employers; and Comprehensive Employment Supportive Services designed to reach first time CareerLink customers.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Jefferson County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 6,609 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 9,757 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 2,300 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 21,336 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 3,700 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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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.
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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.