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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that more than 3,100 public housing authorities across the U.S. successfully met a critical funding deadline outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.  Nearly $3 billion in funds are being used to make improvements to tens of thousands of public housing units nationwide -- creating jobs and growing the economy.   

To date, public housing authorities reported creating or retaining nearly 9,000 jobs and developing or rehabilitating 150,000 public housing units in hard-hit neighborhoods throughout the country. 

“I am proud of the work HUD and public housing authorities across the country did to meet this critical deadline,” said Secretary Donovan.  “It speaks to the commitment they have to improve affordable housing and grow local economies.  Families and communities are already seeing new windows, roofs, cost-saving energy-efficient appliances, and much-needed jobs,” [3/24/10]

WIVT ABC-34 (New York) - Arcuri Announces Over $5 Million in Recovery Bill Funding For Clean Energy Projects

Today, U.S. Rep. Michael A. Arcuri (NY-24) announced $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Bill) funding for energy conservation projects in 14 Upstate New York communities. These energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will not only create hundreds of temporary jobs but also reduce energy and operating costs in these communities by an estimated $337,619 per year.

“Investing in energy efficient projects will not only create jobs but also help communities across Upstate New York reduce energy consumption, cut costs and ultimately lower the burden on local taxpayers,” said Arcuri. “This is another example of the Recovery Bill addressing the needs of small communities throughout our region while at the same time putting people back to work.” [3/24/10]

The Reporter (California) - Early Head Start program expands in Napa and Solano counties

Child Start Inc. recently announced an expansion of the Early Head Start program in Napa and Solano counties.

With an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant totaling $1.9 million, Child Start will serve 112 pregnant women, infants and toddlers in the Early Head Start program.

A total of 30 new positions will be added to the agency with the need for infant/toddler teachers and Home Base Teachers, as well as other support staff to carry out the Early Head Start expansion effort. [3/25/10]

KEYT ABC-3 (California) - Free Training Offered To Locally Unemployed

Allan Hancock College is teaming up with the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board to help the unemployed.

County residents, who are out of a job are getting a helping hand, with free classes to help them gain some new skills in high demand occupations.

Thanks to the recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, stimulus money is funding these classes which offer education in computer, medical, dental and green job training. [3/24/10]

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada) - North Las Vegas gets $677K for at-risk families

North Las Vegas officials say they have received $677,000 in federal stimulus funds to help low-income families avoid becoming homeless because of foreclosure, eviction or lost income.

The city says the funds will help families whose homes are at or near foreclosure get help with moving costs, security and utility deposits and rent. [3/25/10]

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