(Caption: Governor Deval Patrick announces $27.5 million in federal funds)
Photo by Kenshin Okubo
Last week 54 cities and towns across Massachusetts got the good news that they’ll receive a total of $27.5 million in federal funds to support housing, rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure.
The funds come from the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the state’s largest available resource for neighborhood revitalization projects. The grants help meet the housing and public service needs of low- and moderate-income communities, while building and repairing infrastructure. In addition to providing important improvements to the cities and towns, the infrastructure projects also help create and maintain jobs. Historically, 40 percent of CDBG funds distributed have been used for these job-creating projects.
Governor Deval Patrick made the announcement in Great Barrington, where over $800,000 will be used for housing rehabilitation and an infrastructure design project in the Housatonic Village.
“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 Patrick. “We thank the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation for their continued commitment to investing in our future.”
“The beauty of the CDBG program is that towns determine the best investment in their community,” said U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, who joined Governor Patrick at the event, along with other state and local officials.
The CDBG program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and funds are distributed by Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Among the projects eligible for funding: housing rehabilitation, 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.
Massachusetts has made over 350 grants totaling $265 million during the Patrick Administration. For every $1 of CDBG funds, an estimated $3.55 is leveraged in non-CDBG funding.
You can find a list of this year’s CDBG awards here.