News Brief: Baker-Polito administration awards $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grants

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By Thursday, Jul 27 News
Monterey Selectboard chair Steve Weisz, second from left, accepts Monterey's Community Development Block Grant from (left to right) Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Housing and Community Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay. Photo courtesy Steve Weisz

Baker-Polito administration awards $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grant program

Boston — On July 20, Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, and Housing and Community Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay awarded 39 Community Development Block Grants totaling $30.5 million to 58 communities across Massachusetts.

CDBG 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. The 2017 award round will support rehabilitation for 286 housing units along with services that support families including food pantries, financial and homebuyer education opportunities, literacy and English-as-a-second-language training, and transportation services.

Berkshire-area awards:

Adams – $800,000 to provide town center infrastructure improvements and design for the Hoosac Valley Park.

Becket – $772,800 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 20 units.

Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington – $1,010,421 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 18 units and for childcare assistance, elder services and a food pantry.

Monterey – $800,000 for housing rehabilitation for 18 units.

North Adams – $825,000 for improvements to a community center, park improvements, a historic properties inventory and social services.


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