Governor Baker Announces $26 Million in Community Development Block Grants

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Governor Charlie Baker Announced the CDBG Awards at the Massachusetts State House on July 15.

The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded 33 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) totaling $26 million to 65 communities in Massachusetts. These funds help municipalities provide housing, infrastructure improvements, childcare vouchers, and other services to residents.

Here are details of the winning projects.

Governor Charlie Baker said the grants, along with increased local aid, represent “an investment in our cities and towns that will reap benefits across the Commonwealth. Helping municipalities identify and solve local problems with local solutions ensures that funding is spent efficiently and effectively.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito noted that the grants are “an incredibly effective vehicle for improving communities for those who live and work in them.”

The CDBG awards distributed in this round will fund housing rehabilitation for more than 300 units, as well as infrastructure improvements from Truro to West Springfield. They will also support a community center in North Adams, a domestic violence prevention task force in Russell, Chester, Huntington, and Middlefield, and childcare vouchers in Dennis, among other projects.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Improving our workforce through increased mobility and training will help grow and sustain our economy in a targeted, effective manner through programs like the Community Development Block Grants.”

Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay called the CDBG program an “opportunity to address housing needs through coordinated local action.”

The CDBG program is a federally funded, competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). It is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Qualifying cities and towns use the grants for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or by revitalizing areas of slum or blight.

In Massachusetts, the state CDBG program has distributed $237 million through more than 300 grants in the last seven years.