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星期二, 6月 21, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $28 Million in Community Development Block Grants

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $28 Million in Community Development Block Grants
57 communities set to receive flexible funding for housing, infrastructure and community services

BOSTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration awarded 34 Community Development Block Grants, totaling $28 million, to a total of 57 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The Community Development Block Grant program provides competitive funding that allows municipalities to pursue economic development projects, and support the needs of low- and moderate-income residents.

“Our assistance to municipalities is most effective when it provides flexibility to directly support their established goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Community Development Block Grants provide for investment in wide-ranging improvements that will bring long-term, positive impacts in these communities.”

This year’s Community Development Block Grant awards will allow municipalities across Massachusetts to redevelop housing and local infrastructure, and provide for a variety of social services, including childcare assistance, elder services and domestic violence prevention programs.    

“Residents across the Commonwealth will see marked improvements in the livability of their communities through these Community Development Block Grant awards,”said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These awards will help further progress at the local level, and allow municipalities to pursue a bright future for their community.”

The CDBG awards this year will support numerous efforts to support and improve access to housing and services across the Commonwealth. Funds will provide for housing rehabilitation for almost 300 units, along with infrastructure improvements across communities. Awards will also support improvements to a community center in North Adams, provide youth leadership, family literacy and elder services to families in Montague, facility improvements to West Springfield’s Boys and Girls Club, fund a fuel assistance program in Winchendon and Ashby, among many other projects.

“Ensuring municipalities have the resources to invest in housing, infrastructure and social services is crucial to the future of Massachusetts,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Community Development Block Grants directly support economic growth and community development and empower communities to tackle challenges with home-grown solutions.”

“The Community Development Block Grant program provides flexible funding that complements local aid and increases coordinated local action,” said Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. “Continued, comprehensive partnerships between the state and municipalities are vital to meet the Commonwealth’s needs for affordable housing and our shared vision of a livable, affordable Massachusetts.”

Massachusetts’ Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or by revitalizing blighted areas.

Project Awards and Descriptions:

ABINGTON and WHITMAN will receive $800,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 20 units of housing, and to support a food pantry.

AMESBURY and MERRIMAC will receive $967,953 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 20 units of housing, and for food pantry support and emergency homelessness services.

AMHERST will receive $825,000 for Boltwood Walk accessibility improvements, Health Center HVAC improvements, Housing Authority modernization projects, and to provide services related to homelessness, after-school and literacy programming, youth mentoring and family stabilization.

ATHOL will receive $593,022 for infrastructure improvements to Grove and Main Streets, and to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 5 units of housing.

BERNARDSTON, ROWE and GILL will receive $1,000,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 18 units of housing, and to provide a fuel assistance program.

CHELSEA will receive $825,000 for improvements to Hawthorne Street, housing rehabilitation assistance for 8 units of housing, code enforcement, a housing study and social service assistance to include after school/summer programs, ESOL, homelessness prevention and citizenship training.

CHESTERFIELD, CUMMINGTON, GOSHEN, PERU, PLAINFIELD, WESTHAMPTON and WORTHINGTON will receive $894,110 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 13 units of housing, and to provide childcare assistance, elder services and a food pantry.

CLINTON will receive $749,635 for infrastructure improvements to Nelson Street, housing rehabilitation assistance for 8 units of housing, and to provide elder services.

DENNIS will receive $825,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 17 units of housing, childcare vouchers for approximately 50 families, and financial literacy training.

EASTHAMPTON will receive $800,000 to provide improvements in the Admiral Street neighborhood, and for housing rehabilitation assistance for 3 units of housing.

EDGARTOWN, WEST TISBURY and GOSNOLD will receive $805,714 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 15 units of housing, and childcare vouchers to approximately 30 families.

EVERETT will receive $825,000 for public facilities infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation assistance for 5 units of housing, microenterprise assistance to 8 businesses, and social service assistance to include elder self-sufficiency, homelessness prevention, ESOL, youth services and a food pantry.

FAIRHAVEN will receive $695,551 for Housing Authority parking improvements, and infrastructure design services.

GARDNER will receive $825,000 for public facilities improvements, housing rehabilitation for 3 units of housing, downtown planning services, and to support homebuyer education and job training and domestic violence services.

GREENFIELD will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance for 9 units of housing, infrastructure improvements to School Street, and to support a food pantry, youth and elder services.

HARDWICK will receive $796,836 for infrastructure improvements to Prospect and Broad Streets, municipal building accessibility improvement design, and domestic violence prevention services.

HOLBROOK and ROCKLAND will receive $710,496 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 16 units of housing, and to provide a fuel assistance program.

HUNTINGTON, MIDDLEFIELD and CHESTER will receive $753,226 for infrastructure improvements to Pleasant Street, a senior center feasibility study, housing rehabilitation assistance for 7 units of housing, and to provide senior services, adult education, a food pantry and domestic violence prevention services.

METHUEN will receive $812,825 for sidewalk improvements in the Arlington neighborhood, housing rehabilitation assistance for 8 units of housing, and to support adult literacy, youth services, elder services and childcare assistance.

MONTAGUE will receive $816,263 for housing rehabilitation assistance for 4 units of housing, lighting improvements to Avenue A, and to provide youth leadership, family literacy and elder services.

NORTH ADAMS will receive $825,000 for improvements to a community center, park improvements, a historic properties inventory, and social services.

OAK BLUFFS and TISBURY will receive $782,495 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 15 units of housing, and childcare vouchers for approximately 55 families.

PALMER will receive $807,862 for infrastructure improvements to Stewart Street, to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 4 units of housing, and to support financial literacy and domestic violence prevention services.

SHEFFIELD and GREAT BARRINGTON will receive $923,983 to provide housing rehabilitation for 14 units of housing, Sheffield Town Hall accessibility improvements, and design for new sidewalks and for circulation, drainage, and parking capacity improvements at the Housatonic Community Center.

SHELBURNE, BUCKLAND and COLRAIN will receive $961,382 for improvements to North Street (Buckland), to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 5 units of housing, and to support a food pantry.

SOUTHBRIDGE will receive $825,000 for infrastructure improvements at Overland Street, to support the rehabilitation of a public building, and for commercial rehabilitation assistance for 3 signage and awning upgrades in the downtown target area.

SOUTHWICK and GRANVILLE will receive $900,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 9 units of housing, infrastructure improvements at Veteran Street, and a food pantry.

TRURO, PROVINCETOWN and WELLFLEET will receive $756,952 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance for 12 units of housing, and childcare vouchers for approximately 33 families.

WARE will receive $800,000 for infrastructure improvements to Prospect Street, for design services for Bank and Spring Street improvements, and to support for domestic violence prevention services.

WAREHAM will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance for 9 units of housing, for a slum and blight study for Onset, for street design at Wareham Village, and to support for a food pantry, homelessness prevention, at-risk youth, and domestic violence and transportation services.

WARREN, HARDWICK and WARE will receive $724,000 for School Street neighborhood design, housing rehabilitation assistance for 14 units of housing, and for support services related to adult education, community health, and domestic violence prevention.

WEBSTER will receive $825,000 for infrastructure improvements to Tracy Court and Davis Street, and for housing rehabilitation assistance for 10 units of housing.

WEST SPRINGFIELD will receive $825,000 for improvements to Memorial Playground, housing rehabilitation assistance for 11 units of housing, code enforcement, Boys and Girls Club facility improvements, and support for services related to family self-sufficiency and homebuyer programs, ESOL, camp scholarships and Head Start.

WINCHENDON and ASHBY will receive $1,000,000 for improvements to Walnut Street, housing rehabilitation assistance for 12 units of housing, and for a fuel assistance program.