The DHCD's Communities Count Initiative is the coordination of federal and state funds and resources to assist communities with their local priorities in restoring and revitalizing valuable community assets, including housing, community development and related infrastructure such as streets, roads and park improvements. The South End of Springfield and the Main South/Piedmont/Chandler area in Worcester are DHCD's first two Communities Count Initiatives sites.
The goals of the Initiative include:
- Ensuring the Patrick-Murray Administration's responsiveness to community-driven plans for revitalization;
- Partnering with the supporting communities in implementing those plans and creating an immediate impact on community restoration;
- Supporting youth participation in the community's improvement projects; and
- Putting stimulus money to work in a community creating jobs, assisting homeowners, reclaiming abandoned and foreclosed housing and repairing infrastructure.
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