COG clients awarded combined $4 million in CDBG grant funding10/4/2019
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded five COG clients a combined $4 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2019.
COG submitted CDBG applications on behalf of the communities of Amesbury, Bellingham, Templeton, Wareham, and Webster. Each municipality received the total grant award that it requested.
Commonwealth officials announced the awards in late September. Overall, the state allocated $34 million in CDBG funds to 63 communities.
COG’s clients will address a myriad of needs in their communities.
Amesbury received a competitive grant award of $800,000, which it will use to rehabilitate ten housing units for low-income families, improve accessibility at City Hall, provide homelessness assistance, and support a food pantry.
Bellingham was awarded $800,000 to operate a Housing Rehabilitation Program for ten units and to remove barriers on North Main Street in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Templeton will use its $800,000 competitive grant award for infrastructure improvements to Orchard Lane and to develop an Americans with Disabilities Act plan for the town.
Wareham, which was awarded $825,000, will replace roofs and modernize buildings at Redwood Park, a Wareham Housing Authority property that provides affordable apartments to low-income seniors and disabled residents.
Additionally, the town will fund mini-grants for public services through the following five organizations: The Boys and Girls Club, which operates an after-school program for Wareham students; Damien’s Place food pantry, which will purchase food with the funds in its effort to close the community’s food security gap; The Wareham Free Library Foundation and its Reading Partners program, which helps adult learners prepare for the High School Equivalency certificate (GED) and assists English language learners; The Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless, which operates Turning Point, where homeless and near-homeless residents can access services to help them find stable housing or stay in their homes during a period of economic hardship.
Webster will use its $825,000 grant award to improve infrastructure on Eddy Street, complete the fifth phase of its Riverwalk located along the French River, and conduct a property inventory that, once completed, will help it direct future CDBG funds to its most vulnerable areas.
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