The Town of Amherst is pleased to announce being recently awarded $825,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DHCD made 45 awards across the State through a competitive application process for the 2021 CDBG program.
CDBG funding can be used for a variety of projects that benefit low-and moderate-income residents such as housing, public infrastructure improvements and social services.
The Town would like to acknowledge the hard work of the CDBG Advisory Committee to thoughtfully review and recommend project proposals, the agencies that submitted applications, and the public that offered support.
As Governor Charlie Baker said in the State’s announcement, “Community Development Block Grants have been critical to our efforts to support communities across the Commonwealth.”
Amherst’s CDBG funding will be used to support important and exciting projects such as the Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry, youth mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters, adult education offered by The Literacy Project, family stabilization services with Family Outreach of Amherst and funding to Amherst Community Connections to assist those experiencing homelessness.
The 2021 CDBG program will also support the development of a trail system on Hickory Ridge that connects the East Hadley Road neighborhood with the Pomeroy Village Center, new accessible sidewalks and crosswalks along Kellogg Avenue, and exterior improvements to units at the Amherst Housing Authority.
The Town is currently looking for volunteers from Amherst to join the Amherst CDBG Advisory Committee. The 7 member committee meets every one to two months to oversee the public process to identify service priorities, target areas, and review of applications and project implementation. Those interested can submit an application at www.amherstma.gov/caf
The CDBG Advisory Committee is also seeking public input on service priorities for the 2022-2023 funding year. Please visit www.engageamherst.org/2022cdbg to answer their short survey.