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Among the cities and towns receiving a piece of $28 million from the Community Development Block Grant program was Easthampton, and City Planner Jessica Allan told MassLive.com that it’s “a really wonderful way to improve neighborhoods that have a higher concentration of low- and moderate-income neighbors.”

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were joined by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay in announcing the 34 grants to a total of 57 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The Community Development Block Grant program provides competitive funding that allows municipalities to pursue economic development projects, and support the needs of low- and moderate-income residents.

“Our assistance to municipalities is most effective when it provides flexibility to directly support their established goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Community Development Block Grants provide for investment in wide-ranging improvements that will bring long-term, positive impacts in these communities.”

“Residents across the Commonwealth will see marked improvements in the livability of their communities through these Community Development Block Grant awards,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These awards will help further progress at the local level, and allow municipalities to pursue a bright future for their community.”

The Community Development Block Grant program provides competitive funding that allows municipalities to pursue economic development projects, and support the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. Our assistance to municipalities is most effective when it provides flexibility to directly support their established goals. Community Development Block Grants provide for investment in wide-ranging improvements that will bring long-term, positive impacts in these communities.

As reported by Shira Schoenberg on MassLive.com, Pam Parmakian, director of community development for the redevelopment authority said, “This will continue to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners in being able to do upgrades to their homes so that they can stay in their homes safely.”

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