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ARRA-Related Frequently Asked Questions

City of Grand Prairie | 317 College St. | P.O. Box 534045 | Grand Prairie, TX 75050 | 972-237-8000

Q: What is the ARRA?
A:

On Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009. The $787 billion federal economic stimulus contains a combination of spending programs and tax credits; consisting of nearly $355 billion for transportation infrastructure, health care programs, education, housing assistance, and energy efficiency projects; $144 billion in state and local fiscal relief; and $288 billion in personal and business tax credits.

Different agencies – such as the Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Energy – decide who will receive award grants and contracts. For more information visit Recovery.gov.

Q: Where can I find information on stimulus tax incentives?
A: Most tax incentives in the Act are tied to the federal tax code. The Internal Revenue Service is your best source of information.
Q: I need help paying my rent/mortgage/utility bills. Where can I go for help?
A:

There are a number of resources, both from the stimulus bill and from other resources that can provide this assistance.

Rent and mortgage assistance – Visit the city of Grand Prairie's Housing and Neighborhood Services Web site for information about housing payment assistance.

Utility bill assistance – Assistance to pay other utility bills such as electricity or natural gas can be obtained by calling 211.

Q: I am between the age of 16 and 24 and need a job. Is there a program to help me in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?
A: The ARRA provides funding for programs give youth between the ages of 14 and 24 in Tarrant County who qualify as underemployed, unemployed or basic skills deficient an opportunity to learn job skills and earn a paycheck. Youth could work with local governmental agencies, non-profits, or community organizations. More information and applications can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/tcyouthinthe21stcentury/Home/employers
Q: I am over the age of 24, is there a program to help me find a job?

A:

The ARRA provides additional funds from the Department of Labor for One-Stop Career Centers across the state, to assist unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers. Customers can access career counseling, skill assessment, job search assistance, training and other services to upgrade their skills and find new jobs. In Tarrant County, these services are provided by Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County. Additional information can be found www.workforcesolutions.net. By clicking on the link Surviving a Lay-Off in Tarrant County, you can find information about upcoming events, hot jobs and tips for finding the right job. If you are applying for unemployment benefits, you can click on www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/jsemp/jsempsub2.html to learn more.

Q: Are there any employment programs targeted for unemployed people who are 55 years or older?
A: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided additional funding for an existing employment program for unemployed workers over the age of 55, the Senior Community Service Employment Program. More information about the program and application information can be found at www.ser-national.org/seniorcommunity.php

 

Last updated: 8/13/2009 1:28:16 PM