Stimulus created real jobs and opportunities

August 07, 2011

We read regularly of your columnists' and letter writers' accusation that President Barack Obama's stimulus program for creating and sustaining jobs is a failure. The St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center has received stimulus money for the past two years to renovate 90 vacant and foreclosed homes in good working-class and middle-class neighborhoods in Baltimore to preserve them for the next generation of homeowners.

St. Ambrose has spent the money hiring Baltimore lead-paint removers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, dry-wall installers, as well as purchasing furnaces, windows and doors, lighting fixtures, toilets, sinks, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, indoor and outdoor handles and locks. There have been jobs created for installers, hardwood floor sanders, masonry repairmen and landscapers.

I am sure these Baltimore suppliers, hardware stores, contractors and their families thank God for the president's stimulus program. America's unemployment problem is certainly real but would be much worse were it not for the stimulus.

Vincent P. Quayle, Baltimore

The writer is executive director of the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.

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