Completed Projects through December 31, 2012
Over the past quarter, many projects and programs have been completed or have made significant progress towards completion. As of December 31, 2012, over 400 projects are fully completed. The following are some highlights from Recovery Act projects that were completed between October 1 and December 31, 2012. For more information on individual projects and programs, and to see stories from the past three years of economic recovery in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery.
- The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) received a $14,752,100 grant to advance clean technology and energy efficiency goals at the community level. The Mass Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funded 91 energy projects and 42 municipal site monitoring visits. Over 40 communities were provided technical assistance for energy-saving performance projects or solar panel projects totaling approximately 1000 KW of installed solar power. Energy code training and curriculum for Massachusetts municipal building code officials were also completed. Additionally, with financial savings from the various funded activities, project partners identified specific opportunities to reduce drinking water and wastewater treatment facility energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development received a $18,443,744 grant to support homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing efforts including short- and medium- term rental assistance, housing relocation, and stabilization services. This Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) allows Massachusetts residents in need of mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, or case management increased access to local resources from twenty different organizations. For example, in Worcester County these funds quadrupled the level of housing assistance and staffing resources available to single adults and families. HPRP was strategically targeted in alignment with comprehensive community plans and helped catalyze broad housing systems change.
- The Department of Transportation received a $4,211,726 grant to create a multi-use recreational rail trail that starts at Ferry Street in Easthampton and ends at Earle Street in Northampton, for a total length of 14,436 feet. It links the Manhan Bike Trail in Easthampton to the Manhan/Norwattuck Link in Northampton. This project continues the existing trail network and includes the installation of safety railings, bollards, erosion controls and landscaping. Part of a seventeen-year endeavor, federal stimulus money was able to complete the trail extension and renovations.