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News Brief: Three towns to pursue Community Development Block Grant

By Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 News

Three towns to pursue Community Development Block Grant

Lenox — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has announced that a Community Development Block Grant application will be submitted to benefit residents of Lenox, Lee and Clarksburg. The three Berkshire County municipalities, with Lenox in the lead, are joining forces to apply for housing rehabilitation grant funds through the fiscal year 2020 Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant program.

The grant application will be discussed at a public hearing Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St.

Said BRPC’s community and economic development program manager Patricia Mullins: “CDBG housing rehabilitation funds are intended to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners make necessary improvements. CDBG funds can be also be used for other types of community development projects, at the communities’ option, such as infrastructure improvements and improvements to other public facilities, too. If a municipality wants to increase accessibility to municipal buildings or parks, they can apply to use a portion of the funds for ADA upgrades, or conduct planning for a larger project in the future.”

The FY2020 CDBG housing rehab program income limits will range from $49,700 for a single-person household up to $98,700 for a family of eight. In anticipation of the grant application being funded, the BRPC is developing a waiting list of interested homeowners.

For more information on the grant application or to sign up for the housing rehabilitation waiting list, residents of Lenox, Lee and Clarksburg may contact Laura Dorr at Berkshire Regional Planning Commission at (413) 442-1521 x23.

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