Your Guide to Federal Stimulus Funds
The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was signed into law February 17, 2009 and provides $787 billion in tax cuts and spending to jumpstart the economy and build the foundation for long-term economic growth.
The Act funds investments in many programs. Nearly $355 billion will be spent on upgrades to transportation, infrastructure, construction, health care programs, education, housing assistance and energy efficiency projects. Another $144 billion will be spent on providing state and local fiscal relief and $288 billion will go towards personal and business tax credits.
The City of Chandler obtained recovery dollars directly through established federal programs that received additional funding as well as through competitive grants available from the state and federal government. In all, the City obtained $22.4 million from ARRA and put it to work for the benefit of the residents of Chandler. Click on the link (PDF) below to review the various ARRA-funded City projects and associated expenditures.
Recovery Funds Awarded to the City of Chandler (PDF)
Public Transit Funds
$11.5 million in transit improvements planned for Arizona Avenue was used for a new Bus Rapid Transit route providing faster bus service with limited stops. The route begins at Chandler’s Park & Ride in south Chandler and connects to Light Rail in Mesa.
Roadway funding was used to improve a section of Price road between Germann and Queen Creek roads and to widen the Dobson Road/Chandler Boulevard intersection.
Transportation Enhancement Projects
$750,000 was allocated to Chandler for transportation enhancements and was used to complete the Paseo Trail multi-use path along the Consolidated Canal between Pecos Road and Galveston Street.
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
Homelessness prevention funds totaling $575,271 was used to assist family stabilization, transitional shelter and homeless prevention programs in Chandler.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funds
A grant from the U. S. Department of Energy for $2,274,500 went towards energy efficiency and conservation projects.
Community Development Block Grant
$376,240 in new Community Development Block Grant funds were spent to install traffic-calming devices along a section of Knox Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue to improve the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project included a raised crosswalk, bulb-outs, bike lanes, landscaped medians and defined parking areas.
Public Housing Capital Funds
Housing funds totaling $595,661 went towards the replacement of heating, ventilation and cooling units in approximately160 apartments located in four public housing complexes.
Public Safety Funds
The Police Department was awarded $433,610 from the Department of Justice (Justice Assistance Grant) to purchase investigative and training equipment and to hire a Records Management System Coordinator to manage the installation and configuration of a new Records Management System. Project Descriptions (PDF)
Whistleblower Information: As money begins to flow to grant and contract recipients, the public may become aware of potential fraud that should be investigated to ensure the Recovery Act funds are spent properly. For information on reporting fraud, waste or abuse, visit the Recovery.gov federal website run by The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
Links to Federal and State ARRA Web Sites: