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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York) - East Rochester school district jobs saved with stimulus funds

…East Rochester Union Free School District was able to avoid some painful cuts, says its superintendent, because of stimulus dollars from the federal government.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by Congress in 2009, will soon funnel about $28 million into Rochester-area schools.

'The stimulus package brought our economy back from the brink of disaster, and when it comes to our schools we knew we had to do everything in our power to protect their budget,' said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport. 'Local school districts in the Rochester area have received at least $28 million to keep teachers in the classroom and regular budgets funded.' [3/15/10]

The Hour (Connecticut) - The Community Health Center has a new image, and a new state-of-the-art facility

The Norwalk Community Health Center has a new image, and a new state-of-the-art facility on Connecticut Avenue to boot.

The changes will allow the community health center to serve more people, more often; providing affordable care to Norwalk residents who lack insurance or money....

The health center plans to hire at least a half-dozen doctors, additional nurses and support staff, two new outreach workers, a licensed social worker and an electronic medical records manager…

The vast changes at NCHC are perfect examples of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act being put to work, said Congressman Jim Himes, D-4.

'The Recovery Act is at work in Norwalk, helping ensure kids get immunizations, parents get regular health screenings and diabetes patients get the routine care they need,' said Himes. 'This project will create local jobs and allow the Norwalk Community Health Center to extend its vital services to thousands more patients.' [3/15/10]

The News Tribune (Washington) - Stimulus funds to spark new careers

several hundreds of thousands of federal stimulus dollars are being spent to fund college classes for the unemployed - from truck driving courses to training to become a health care worker or a pastry artist.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council has spent $1.4 million so far in stimulus money to pay for extra sections of in-demand classes at local community and technical colleges.

Since April 2009, stimulus money has paid for 342 classroom seats for dislocated workers in Pierce County, said Jesse Guite, spokeswoman for WorkForce Central.

Stimulus dollars routed through the workforce development councils completely covers the workers' tuition, as well as the colleges' costs to provide the classes. [3/15/10]

New York Daily News - City Housing Authority gets $415M from feds' stimulus and state

The City Housing Authority is getting a huge boost courtesy of President Obama's stimulus bill in a move billed as the 'most significant preservation action in the history of public housing.'

NYCHA will bank $65 million annually and tap $350 million in financing to start renovating 20,000 apartments within weeks.

The new funds, to be announced today at the Rutgers Houses on the lower East Side, will go to 21 NYCHA developments built by the city and state.

It will employ hundreds of people, including dozens of public-housing residents, NYCHA Chairman John Rhea said. [3/15/10]

Napa Valley Register (California) - Child Start grows

Child Start, Inc. is expanding the Early Head Start program in Napa and Solano counties.

With an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant totaling $1.9 million, Child Start will serve 112 pregnant moms, infants and toddlers by operating three new full-day toddler centers and home-based services for families with children from infants to age 3.

Thirty new positions will be added to the agency with the need for infant/toddler teachers and home-based teachers, as well as other support staff to implement the Early Head Start expansion effort. [3/15/10]

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