Funding will improve housing, benefit the public, spur economic development

BOSTON—Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) Representative Harold Naughton (D-Lancaster) and Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Towns of Shirley and Lancaster have been awarded a $940K Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Federal and state Community Development Block Grant funds have greatly benefited the district I represent by supporting important services, improving housing and supporting economic development,” Senator Eldridge said. “Over the years, the district I represent has used CDBG funding to advance community development opportunities and improve the lives of many residents. I want to particularly praise Shirley’s Town Administrator, Patrice Garvin, for showing the initiative to apply for this important grant.”

“Thank you to the MRPC staff for working with Shirley and Lancaster to assist them in obtaining the Community Development Block Grant,” said Senator Flanagan. “The CDBG grant has historically been a wonderful opportunity for communities to develop and a way to give back to their residents.”
“I’m thrilled that Shirley has been awarded this grant from the state,” said Representative Benson. “Shirley’s portion of the grant will be put to great use funding home heating assistance programs and home improvements in town.”

“The CDFI grant is a wonderful program that provides our towns, such as Lancaster, with the necessary tools to stimulate community development and job growth,” said the Office of Representative Harold Naughton. “With this funding, the Towns of Lancaster and Shirley, will have the ability to design and implement a comprehensive approach to meet their specific needs and improve the physical, social and economic conditions of select areas.”

The CDBG funding will be used for home rehabilitation projects and fuel assistance in Shirley this winter.


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