Great Barrington Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Town of Great Barrington.

Town awards social service organizations ARPA grants

Great Barrington announced on Wednesday, Dec. 21 that it is awarding $1 million of its ARPA funds to local organizations.

Great Barrington — Via a press release, the town announced on Wednesday, December 21 that it is using $1 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds for various local organizations.

The town has awarded the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire a total of $699,610, which includes $199,610 for its Hillside Apartment Complex project, and $500,000 to acquire the Marble Block building in downtown Great Barrington. Construct Inc. will receive $650,000 for the redevelopment of the Windflower Inn as a workforce housing residence. “A shortage of affordable housing not only affects the quality of life for residents struggling to make ends meet but also directly impacts the economic well-being of the entire community,” Construct Inc. Director of Development Leigh Davis wrote in an e-mail to The Berkshire Edge for a previous story.

Community Health Programs will be receiving $150,000 to expand and reconfigure its dental care services for the town, while the organization Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires will receive $100,000. The People’s Pantry will receive $73,500, Berkshire Bounty will receive $20,000, and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures will receive $20,000. “The need is still substantially growing,” People’s Pantry co-president Beth Moser said in a previous interview. “While many people have moved on from the pandemic, many people need our services.”

The town was previously awarded $2.075 million in federal ARPA funds. Through the federal government’s ARPA initiative, the state received approximately $8.7 billion, with $3.4 billion going to municipalities.