Earlier this week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Amherst was one of 41 communities to receive funds in the most recent round of the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Awards.
The Town of Amherst will receive $825,000 for projects that include a new multi-use path on Mill Lane to help the Pomeroy Village Center/East Hadley Road neighborhood access Groff Park, modernization of Watson Farms in collaboration with the Amherst Housing Authority, technical assistance for up to 25 microenterprise businesses provided by Valley CDC, and support for five local social services.
The award will support social service programs such as the Food Pantry at the Amherst Survival Center, youth mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters, housing services for those experiencing homelessness by Amherst Community Connections, family stabilization support offered by Family Outreach of Amherst and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and career preparation assistance for immigrants provided by the Center for New Americans.
The Town anticipates that these activities will begin in the spring and summer of 2021 with a 12–18 month timeline for completion.
Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman said, “The Town is very pleased to receive this competitive funding, as it helps us fund and support projects that are a major priority for our community.”
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 Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $180 million in Community Development Block Grants to projects in more than 180 communities.
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