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Report: Where the Federal Stimulus Money Went in VA

January 21, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. - Thousands of homes and jobs were lost in The Commonwealth during what is being called "The Great Recession," and a new report shows just where and how about $40 million in federal recovery dollars were spent in the state to help address these problems. Michael Cassidy, president of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, released the report, which focused on the funds directed to Community Action Agencies around the state.

"The Recovery Act funding helped them to save or create more than 630 jobs, implement job training programs and distribute thousands of pounds of food to families in need."

Some areas of the state, such as Hampton Roads and the Southside regions, were hit harder than others, Cassidy says, and the recovery funding was targeted to help those who needed it most.

"They were able to help individuals make it through the very worst economic conditions we've seen in this country in more than a generation, while also making investments in the people and the structures of the local communities to help promote long-term economic growth."

The federal funding also helped weatherize the homes of low-income families and disabled people, and provided education for thousands of children through programs such as Head Start. Cassidy adds that Community Action Agencies also activated hundreds of seniors, who volunteered thousands of hours in their communities.

The report, "Mind the Gap - How ARRA Fueled Virginia's Community Action Agencies to Help Those in Need During the Recession," can be found at www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org.


Monique Coppola, Public News Service - VA