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Marlborough gets $900,000 community development grant

July 8, 2011 – Marlborough will receive $900,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding. Gov. Deval Patrick announced today that 41 cities and towns across the state will acquire $28 million in the federal grants. Marlborough’s allotment will fund housing rehabilitation and road and sidewalk repair.

“I am pleased that we have this opportunity to support the local community and the citizens of Marlborough by making a significant and much needed investment in affordable housing and infrastructure,” said state Rep. Steven Levy, R-Marlborough.

The Community Development Block Grant program is the state’s largest available resource for neighborhood revitalization projects. It helps meet housing and public service needs of low- and moderate-income communities while building and repairing infrastructure vital to the health and safety of all residents, according to the state.

“These grants will allow communities to put people to work while moving forward on a multitude of improvement projects that will attract businesses to the Commonwealth,” Patrick said in a statement. “Funding that allows cities and towns to fix up homes and storefronts, continue to provide public services or replace streets and sidewalks will strengthen Massachusetts and provide important opportunities to residents and businesses.”

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state Department of Housing and Community Development distributes the funds to cities and towns in Massachusetts with populations of less than 50,000. Eligible communities with populations greater than 50,000 receive program funding directly from Housing and Urban Development.

The maximum grant for a single community is $1 million.

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