For Immediate Release - September 16, 2013

Patrick Administration Announces $640,000 in Federal Block Grants for Community Improvements in Sturbridge

Boston – September, 16, 2013 – The Patrick Administration today announced that the Town of Sturbridge will receive $640,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program to support infrastructure repairs at the waste water treatment facility at the Sturbridge Retirement Cooperative Corporation, where 280 low-income seniors reside.

“When we invest in infrastructure projects in our communities, we put people to work and leave a better Commonwealth for the next generation,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We thank the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation for their continued commitment to investing in our future.”

“Community Development Block Grants are critical for improving the quality of our municipalities,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein, “Not only will this funding help revitalize this local community by spurring economic development, but it will also create good, local jobs.”

"This funding will help many residents in the town of Sturbridge," said Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre).  "The infrastructure upgrades that will be made possible by this grant are critical and will go a long way in the community of Sturbridge."

The CDBG Program is the Commonwealth’s largest available resource for neighborhood revitalization projects and helps meet the housing and public service needs of low- and moderate-income communities while building and repairing infrastructure vital to the health and safety of all residents. The infrastructure projects help communities create and maintain jobs while providing important improvements to the lives of residents in each city and town. Historically, 40 percent of CDBG funds distributed have been used for these job-creating projects.

In July, Governor Deval Patrick announced that 38 cities and towns, on behalf of 61 communities across the Commonwealth, will receive $31 million in CDBG federal funding to support housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure. 

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and funds are distributed by DHCD to cities and towns in Massachusetts with populations of less than 50,000. Eligible communities with populations greater than 50,000 receive program funding directly from HUD. Communities may apply for CDBG funding for activities including: housing rehabilitation projects, infrastructure repair or replacement, construction or rehabilitation of public facilities, neighborhood improvement projects, economic development loans and other business assistance programs, social service upgrades, downtown improvement projects and architectural barrier removal and planning. The maximum grant for a single community is $900,000. Regional applications are accepted.