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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

KNTV NBC-11 (California) - Stimulus Money at Work in South Bay

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)]

Today, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, joined City Council members Ash Kalra, Rose Herrera and Madison Nguyen at a news conference held at a renovated home on Huran Drive in San Jose to sign a check for an additional $25 million in federal funds allocated to the San Jose Consortium, comprised of the San Jose Department of Housing, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley.

The funding will be used for three programs, one of which will include the purchase, renovation and reselling of 65 foreclosed homes to eligible low and moderate-income residents over the next two years.

The second program will provide purchase assistance loans to help qualified homebuyers buy foreclosed properties, and the third will deploy a minimum of $6.25 million to create affordable housing rental opportunities for very low-income households.

'We enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight the economic freefall,' Lofgren said. 'One thing that's worked best is this stabilization program. It's part of clawing our way out of that economic disaster we were facing two years ago.' [8/31/10]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - Milwaukee County evictions fell with stimulus, study shows

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Gwen Moore (WI-4), R-Paul Ryan (WI-1): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-James Sensenbrenner (WI-5): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

According to a Harvard University study that looked at local eviction records, the influx of federal stimulus money to help stem homelessness coincided with 836 fewer evictions filed in Milwaukee County from August 2009 to March 2010, compared with the same period the previous year.

The month-to-month comparison showed an average decrease in evictions of 15% and, in some cases, in excess of 20%, said the study done by Matthew Desmond.

'While we can't say for sure that the stimulus money was directly responsible for the drop in evictions, we can say that when the money arrived there was a sizable decline in evictions and there's no other convincing data to explain why evictions decreased, especially in light of the terrible recession,' he [Joe Volk, Executive Director of Community Advocates] said. [8/30/10]

Worcester Telegram and Gazette (Massachusetts) - Clark business gets $1M stimulus

A small business at Clark University working on “green” air conditioning technology that uses gas rather than toxic chemicals to produce cool air has received a grant of $1 million in federal stimulus money from the Department of Energy.

Mr. [Jeffrey] Simon [Director of the Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Office] said federal stimulus money has been used in Massachusetts to put 40,830 people to work since the program began.

The federal money has funded investments in everything from solar arrays to water pumps for communities, Mr. Simon said. [8/31/10]

The News Gazette (Illinois) - Quinn announces broadband project for East Central Illinois

…Gov. Pat Quinn announced at Cellular One in the Danville Village Mall a $24.5 million project to bring broadband Internet access to rural areas in 11 counties in East Central Illinois.

…According to Cellular One officials, the project must be complete within three years and is expected to benefit 66,500 people in East Central Illinois as well as 7,123 businesses and 704 community institutions and create or maintain 267 jobs in the area. [9/1/10]

The Business Journal of Milwaukee (Wisconsin) - State getting $70.8M for home energy use

The federal government on Tuesday approved $70.8 million in stimulus money for home energy-efficiency improvements in Wisconsin.

The money is for a weatherization program, which improves insulation and heating and cooling systems in homes with low-income owners so the properties use less energy. As of June 30, the state has weatherized 5,700 homes using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

The $70.8 million made available this week is part of the $141 million stimulus award Wisconsin received last year. The $141 million is projected to pay for projects to improve 16,900 homes. [8/31/10]

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