This page, Baker-Polito Administration Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 41 Communities, is offered by
Press Release

Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 41 Communities

For immediate release:
3/02/2021
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Housing and Community Development

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 41 Communities

Michael Verseckes, EOHED Director of Media and Public Relations

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the most recent round of Community Development Block Grant Awards. Forty-one communities were notified earlier this year of $34 million in federal funding to pursue important local projects, including housing rehabilitation, small infrastructure projects, and for local social services like youth programming or food banks.
 
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program represents the most direct funding that communities receive from the federal government. Funds can support a wide-range of projects to benefit low and moderate-income households in a community. Each year, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates funding to Massachusetts, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD manages both a competitive round for qualifying communities, such as today’s awards, and allocates funding to the Commonwealth’s eleven mini-entitlement communities.
 
“Our administration is pleased to announce $34 million in federal funding to help 41 communities deliver vital services to residents and invest in local infrastructure," said Governor Charlie Baker. "These grants will help municipalities fill key budget gaps created by the pandemic, enabling them to advance critical long-term projects while continuing to support residents in the fight against COVID-19."
 
"The Community Development Block Grant Program provides municipalities with significant direct aid from the federal government, helping cities and towns address longstanding needs exacerbated by the pandemic," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "​Now more than ever, we are grateful to our federal partners for this funding to support local programs such as child care, food banks and other safety net protections ​to ensure that residents across the Commonwealth have the resources they need to stay healthy and thrive."​
 
Today’s awards will help municipalities rehabilitate more than 350 housing units, fund 17 infrastructure improvement projects, and fund supportive programming for children, teenagers, victims of domestic violence, homeless individuals, and the elderly.
 
“Despite the challenges of the last year, communities across the Commonwealth have been leaders in the work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and support their downtowns and struggling residents,” said Housing and Community Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “Today’s CDBG funding will help municipalities fill budget gaps for social services, but also fund infrastructure improvements."

“Our communities have diverse needs, and every year, Community Development Block Grants help municipalities deliver services that meet local concerns,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox. “This federal aid helps our communities run food pantries, provide childcare services, domestic violence prevention, workforce training, and make high-impact, local infrastructure projects happen. Municipalities need flexible funding, and we are proud to work with our local partners to make these important awards.”
 
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a competitive grant program authorized by Congress, funded under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or revitalize blighted areas. CDBG funds are allocated annually to the Commonwealth through HUD, and administered by DHCD. Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $180 million in Community Development Block Grants to projects in more than 180 communities.
 
DHCD oversees funding and resources to help people in Massachusetts live affordably and safely. Through its community and private-sector partners, DHCD provides affordable housing options, financial assistance, and other support to Massachusetts communities. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DHCD has launched the Eviction Diversion Initiative to prevent evictions in Massachusetts; more information at mass.gov/covidhousinghelp.

###

AMESBURY will receive $550,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 10 units and an after school program for youth.

AMHERST will receive $825,000 for Mill Lane infrastructure improvements, housing authority modernization, microenterprise assistance to 25 businesses, and to provide support for a food pantry, youth mentoring, adult literacy, immigrant services and family stabilization services.

ATHOL will receive $800,000 for infrastructure improvements to Walnut Street neighborhood.

BLANDFORD will receive $449,825 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 12 units and to produce and ADA Transition plan.

BUCKLAND will receive $756,798 for infrastructure improvements to Lower Ashfield Street and to support a food pantry.

CHELSEA will receive $825,000 for Cherry Street road and sidewalk improvements, Chelsea Square Park improvements, housing rehabilitation assistance for 4 units and social service assistance to include youth services, ESOL and citizenship training.

CHESTER, HUNTINGTON, MIDDLEFIELD will receive $1,300,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 6 units, Prospect Street infrastructure improvements and social service assistance for domestic violence prevention, family health, elder services and to support a food pantry.

CHESTERFIELD, CUMMINGTON, GOSHEN, PERU, PLAINFIELD and WILLIAMSBURG, WORTHINGTON will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 16 units, design for a senior center and to provide childcare assistance, elder services and to support a food pantry.

DALTON, BECKETT, SHEFFIELD, STOCKBRIDGE will receive $1,298,304 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 20 units and to produce ADA Plans for Dalton, Beckett and Stockbridge.

DENNIS, BREWSTER, WELLFLEET will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units and childcare assistance.

EASTHAMPTON will receive $800,000 for infrastructure improvements to Admiral Street neighborhood.

EDGARTOWN, AQUINNAH and WEST TISBURY will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 25 units and to provide childcare assistance.

EGREMONT, GREAT BARRINGTON, SANDISFIELD will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 29 units.

EVERETT will receive $825,000 to provide design for Chelsea Street playground improvements, a housing production plan, housing rehabilitation assistance for 11 units and social service assistance to include homelessness prevention, ESOL, youth services, elder services and a food pantry. 

GARDNER will receive $825,000 for downtown infrastructure improvements, design for downtown infrastructure improvements and Park Street park improvements and social service assistance to include youth services, substance abuse service and domestic violence prevention services.

GREENFIELD will receive $825,000 for West Street infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization planning and to support a food pantry, elder services and adult literacy.

HEATH AND HAWLEY will receive $876,713 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 16 units.

HOLLAND AND WALES will receive $582,200 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 12 units, design for Union Road infrastructure improvements and social service assistance for domestic violence prevention and to support a food pantry.

HUNTINGTON will receive $572,248 for infrastructure improvements to Crescent Street and ADA improvements to town hall.

LEICESTER will receive $335,200 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 7 units and design for ADA improvements to Russell Memorial park.

MARLBOROUGH will receive $799,455 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 10 units, roof repairs to Liberty Hill public housing, infrastructure improvements to Harrison Place and youth services.

METHUEN will receive $550,000 for ADA improvements to Broadway Street and social service assistance for youth services, childcare, elder transportation and adult literacy.

MILLBURY AND DUDLEY will receive $664,500 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units, design for Pear-Maple infrastructure improvements in Millbury and design for Millbury senior center improvements.

MONTAGUE will receive $675,519 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 2 units, Avenue A streetscape improvements, design for Hillcrest playground improvements and to provide social services to include family counseling, recovery counseling, a meals program and youth services.

NORTH ADAMS will receive $825,000 for Liberty and North Holden Street improvements, senior center improvements and social services.

NORTH BROOKFIELD AND BROOKFIELD will receive $661,500 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 14 units and North Brookfield senior center improvements.

NORTHBRIDGE will receive $800,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 14 units and planning to prepare an area wide slum and blight inventory.

OAK BLUFFS, CHILMARK and TISBURY will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 25 units and to provide childcare assistance.

ORANGE will receive $575,342 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 5 units and social service assistance for disability services, mediation services, family counseling, adult education and a food pantry.

PALMER will receive $825,000 to provide housing rehabilitation to 15 units, Hyrniewicz Park design, a housing production plan and domestic violence prevention and transportation services.

ROCKLAND will receive $729,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 11 units and housing authority modernization.

SALISBURY will receive $550,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 8 units, design for Meanders Lane neighborhood improvements and social services assistance to Boys and Girls Club, childcare and homelessness and food pantry.

SHELBURNE will receive $787,832 for Bridge Street infrastructure improvements and to support a food pantry.

SOUTH HADLEY will receive $512,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 12 units and design for Center Street improvements.

SOUTHBRIDGE will receive $825,000 for West Street roadway improvements, McCann Field improvement and code enforcement.

SOUTHWICK will receive $468,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 6 units, design for North Lake Avenue infrastructure improvements and to support a food pantry.

TRURO, EASTHAM and PROVINCETOWN will receive $1,300,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 25 units and to provide childcare assistance.

WARE will receive $800,000 for Bank Street infrastructure improvements and social services assistance for domestic violence prevention, health services and literacy services.

WAREHAM will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 8 units, Bayview Park sidewalk improvements, and support for a food pantry, homelessness prevention, Boys and Girls Club, and literacy and transportation services.

WEBSTER will receive $825,000 for Granite Street infrastructure improvements and downtown and Riverwalk improvements.

WEST SPRINGFIELD will receive $825,000 to provide public facilities improvements (Boys and Girls Club), Chapin Street infrastructure improvements, code enforcement, FTHB program, ESOL, employment training and Head Start.

WINCHENDON will receive $715,510 for Railroad Street infrastructure improvements and to provide fuel assistance.

###

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 41 Communities

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development promotes vibrant communities, growing businesses, and a strong middle class.

Housing and Community Development 

DHCD oversees funding and resources to help people in Massachusetts live affordably and safely.
Feedback