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Thanks to the influx of ARRA funds, Massachusetts has been able to dramatically
ARRA-funded Community Services Block Grants are also at work for individuals and families in communities across the Commonwealth. DHCD has spent $4.7 Million of the $25 Million awarded to Massachusetts for this program, providing needed community development services. The remainder of the funds have been allocated to Community Action Agencies across the Commonwealth. The Community Services Block Grant program has already created over 200 jobs in Massachusetts for stabilization specialists, job developers, education specialists, homelessness prevention workers, and others, who together have already served over 2,800 clients.
In the coming months, housing funds through the Recovery Act will continue to create jobs and provide vital social services. Governor Patrick has announced that over $50 Million from the Tax Credit Exchange Program will jumpstart 10 stalled affordable housing projects by converting previously unused tax credits into direct grants. Another $45.5 Million from the Tax Credit Assistance Program will jumpstart an additional 8 stalled housing projects. Together, these two programs will create an estimated 1,760 jobs and increase the Commonwealth's stock of affordable housing.
Other ARRA programs will go to work to prevent homelessness, re-house those suffering from homelessness, and make other homes safer for families. $18.4 Million in Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds will help prevent homelessness by helping homeless individuals and families find permanent homes. $9.1 Million in Community Development Block Grants will support housing modernization and social services to build communities across the Commonwealth. Finally, the Commonwealth will invest $2.6 Million from the Lead Hazard Control Program to remove lead contamination from homes in Massachusetts and ensure that their occupants can live safely.