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May 13, 2024

Central Mass. communities allocated $9.3M in housing funding from feds

Photo | Timothy Doyle Worcester City Hall

Fitchburg, Framingham, Leominster, and Worcester will benefit from a combined $9.3 million in federal funding intended to address pressing local housing needs.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced in a Thursday press release from the Massachusetts congressional delegation, is aimed at a number of housing-related issues, including supporting homeowners and renters, providing emergency assistance to people experiencing homelessness, and creating housing-related jobs. 

The City of Worcester’s allocation of $6.98 million in funding was the largest amount of any Central Massachusetts municipality. Fitchburg was allocated $1.35 million, while Framingham received $495,542 and Leominster received $473,434.

“As we confront a housing crisis in Massachusetts, those confronting the toughest problems must be at the heart of the solutions,” Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) said in the Thursday press release. “This funding will supercharge community-driven initiatives to shelter those without access to housing, prevent homelessness, and drive investments in affordable and quality housing.”

Communities will now offer proposals on ways to direct this funding to eligible activities through local programs. This funding has been allocated from a number of Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, a program designed to support activities which build stronger and more resilient communities, and the Recovery Housing Program, which aims to provide stable transitional housing for individuals in recovery.

This funding is a portion of $155.5 million in federal housing funds allocated to communities across Massachusetts, part of $5.5 billion in federal housing funds announced by the Biden Administration in May. 

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