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The Recovery Act At Work
Lackawanna County
$69,876,222 *
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/.
Energy $5,545,813 *
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 710 homes through 3/31/12.
Other Infrastructure / Housing
Other Infrastructure / Housing $7,272,888 *
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 wil construct the Gaughan Court storm sewer. The project area of Gaughan Court will run 700 ft on Old Ridge Road to the intersection of Lawrence Street and continuing down to an existing storm sewer on Walter Street. Also included is the West Grant Street storm sewer replacement and Clarks Summit Borough housing rehabilitation. Funds will be used to provide assistance to at least one income eligible owner occupied dwelling unit in the borough. The Grier Street sanitary sewer reconstruction will also be supported. This project consists of the reconstruction of an existing deteriorated terra cotta sewer line. Funds will also be used to provide assistance to at least one income eligible owner occupied dwelling unit in Dunmore Borough. There will also be improvement to the Center Street sanitary sewer and Mylert Street paving. Funds to be used to provide assistance to at least one income eligible owner occupied dwelling unit in Old Forge Borough, Olyphant Borough and Scott Township. In addition, funds will support the Pond Street storm sewer construction and the reconstruction of the existing sanitary sewer system on Mary Street along with the Covington Township Senior Center deck project. Lackawanna County will allocate funds to assist one eligible owner occupied single unit rehabilitation.
The project consists of renovations to the exterior of commercial buildings located in the City of Carbondale Downtown Corridors specifically Main Street, Church Street, Lincoln Avenue, Salem Avenue, Park Place, 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, 8th Avenue and River Street.
Upgrade of approximately 3,200 linear feet interceptor pipe, reconstruction and improvements to an existing combined sewer overflow manhole and separation of approximately 390 linear feet of combined sewer lines.The median household income of the service area is about 85% that of the statewide median household income.  User rates are expected to increase by 23%.
The project will increase the average flow capacity from 7 million gallons per day to 10 million gallons per day, and increased nutrient removal.The median household income of the service area is about 85% that of the statewide median household income. User rates are expected to increase by 23%.
A total of approximately 1,500 feet of 8 inch and 10 inch sanitary sewer piping will be installed to convey sanitary sewage only. The weighted median household income is slightly less then the state average.  Rates are expected to increase by 12%.
The planting of 1,000 trees in urban (MS4) municipalities along streets and parking lots (Abington Township, Clarks Green Borough, Clarks Summit Borough, Jermyn Borough, Mayfield Borough, Scranton City, Exeter Borough, Forty Fort Borough, Kingston Borough, West Pittston Borough, West Wyoming Borough, Wilkes-Barre City, Factoryville Borough).    All the areas are MS4 municipalities--separate storm sewer systems within urbanized areas in the northeast. All have active shade tree commissions with a proven record of tree planting and maintenance activities with the PA U&CF Council.
The project shall consist of the construction and installation of a new combined sewer overflow, regulating Chamber System, and a new 24 inch Interceptor line with manholes. The weighted median household income of the system is slightly less than the state average.  Rates are expected to increase by 12%.
7,300 linear feet of new storm sewer pipeline, 5,900 linear feet of new sanitary pipeline, 2,300 linear feet of new sanitary lateral pipeline, 12 new inlets, and 31 manholes.The median household income is about 80% the state average.  Since the Borough does not charge for collection, user rates will not increase.
Public Safety
Transportation Infrastructure
Transportation Infrastructure $12,897,385 *
Resurfacing on various State Routes in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties
Resurface State Route 6011 (Greenridge Street) from Main Avenue to Blakely Street in the City of Scranton and Dunmore Borough
Resurfacing on Business Route 6 from Timber Falls to Wayne County Line in Archbald and Mayfield Boroughs, Carbondale Township, and Carbondale City
Workforce $730,133 *
The project will help unemployed youth participate in a summer work experience and assist individuals in solving transportation problems in order to maintain employment. It will provide families with increased child care opportunities and provide English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to refugee/immigrant populations in the area to enhance their employability and acculturation. It will offer services to assist individuals in obtaining drivers licenses to enhance their employability and provide utility assistance to families to keep them in their homes.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.

Direct Benefits to Families
How PA Benefits People Helped in Lackawanna County Explanation of Benefits Reporting as of
Food Assistance 27,722 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 37,846 Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance. March 2010
Health Insurance for Unemployed 9,800 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 90,235 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 12,000 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.
Concerned about suspected illegal or irresponsible actions regarding Recovery spending?  Call 877-888-7927. 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.