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 769 homes through 3/31/12.
Decription revised 4/2/2012: Coordinated construction of biodigesters/power generation systems on two dairy farms, for anaerobic digestion of animal waste, use of resultant biogas for power and useful thermal energy production. Liquid-solid separation of digester effluent for the production of cow bedding to be included at one of the farms (Duffield Dairy). Systems to be owned and operated by grantee under agreements with dairy farms.
Replace 148 street lights in the Downtown Business District. 138 street lights are on existing poles and 10 will be on new poles that will be purchased by the City of New Kensington. The 10 poles that will be replaced were damaged by vehicle accidents over the years.
The City of Jeannette Municipal Authority existing boiler at the Wastewater Treatment Plant heats water that is then recirculated to a separate digester heat exchanger to maintain the sludge temperature along with a limited number of registers to heat the Administrative / Control Building. Natural gas is used to fire the boiler. The boiler is in disrepair and has operated beyond its useful life. A combination boiler / heat exchanger installation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant will replace the existing boiler and a heat exchanger. A combination boiler / heat exchanger utilizing methane gas will result in reduced energy consumption and reduced energy costs through efficiency improvements. 25% energy saved.
The project will re-power a Pittsburgh based towboat, Champion Coal, operated by CONSOL Energy in the Pittsburgh area, which includes Allegheny County, in order to field test an engine upgrade kit developed by Caterpillar that was developed to satisfy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new emission standards for class 2 marine engines.
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.
Reconstruction of the retaining wall that supports Dunn Alley, milling and paving and installation of guide rail on Dunn Alley between Moore and Ewing Street. The storm water catch basin will also be replaced.
The project consists of demolition of existing curbing and sidewallks at 15 different locations within the borough to remove architectural barriers. New construction of 15 ADA compliant curb cuts and sidewalks will be accomlished as well.
The project consists of the reconstruction of several streets in census tracts which contain a low and moderate income population of 74%. Street reconstruction will also include ADA compliant curb cuts and related storm sewer improvements if required.
The project involves the installation of 16,700 linear feet of 8" gravity collector sewers and 12,100 linear feet of 15" gravity interceptor sewers. Sewage will be conveyed for treatment at the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority sewage treatment plant. This is an existing system that will serve an additional 408 equivalent dwelling units as part of a total system of approximately 1,400 customers.This is an existing system and user rates are not expected to increase.
Installation of approximately 17,500 linear feet of eight inch gravity sewers and 6 inch service laterals to provide public sewage to the Borough of Arona. This will be a new sewage system to serve 166 existing homes in a low to medium income area. This is a start up system that will establish user fees.
The project will consist of work within the communities of Derry, Monessen, Jeannette, and New Kensington to target blighted areas, identify appropriate funding sources to assist with various revitalization projects, and identify housing projects and homeownership opportunities. It will also restart the DARE programs and initiate a non-profit building materials recycling business. A new financial lteracy specialist will help improve the financial stability of those living at or below 200% of poverty by helping them earn, keep and grow their income. New neighborhood revitalization specialists will focus on the enforcement of municipal ordinances, inspections, targeting blighted areas, identifying appropriate funding sources to assist with various revitalization projects, and identifying housing projects and homeownership opportunities. The project will also work with the school districts to expand the current Junior Achievement Programs to low income students in at least three additional school districts, with the intent of serving grades 6, 7, and 8, six classes per grade level.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
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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.