$184K grant to rehab Greenfield housing

  • State officials and local leaders, including Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, announced the new Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program funding in a ceremony in Pittsfield last week. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 3/4/2020 5:39:12 PM

GREENFIELD — As part of the Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program, the city was awarded $183,750 by the state to rehabilitate an estimated five apartments for low- and middle-income households.

Which housing project the funding will support has yet to be determined. Interested people, such as landlords, can apply for grant funding to do rehabilitation projects on multi-family dwellings, according to Greenfield Community Development Administrator Lindsay Rowe. Projects have to fit into the grant program’s parameters.

Greenfield is one of nine communities that will rehabilitate a total of 75 housing units using a total of $2.15 million in funding. State officials and local leaders, including Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, announced the new funding in a ceremony in Pittsfield last week.

Greenfield Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams explained “the city sought additional resources to assist with the rehabilitation of multi-family homes, as the needs for upgrades in those properties tend to be more substantial than the moderate rehab funded by Community Development Block Grants.”

The Department of Housing and Community Development identified a total of 31 communities as eligible for this competitively awarded funding. Many cities use Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to fund local rehabilitation loan programs, and the Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program enables cities to augment those efforts and expand to new types of properties.

“The Gateways Housing Rehabilitation Program is the result of the collaboration between our administration and the Legislature to pass the state’s largest housing bond bill in 2018,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press release. The bond bill committed more than $1.8 billion to the future of affordable housing production and preservation. “While housing is a challenge across Massachusetts, it looks different in each region, and this new funding is responsive to local needs around new housing production and preserving strong neighborhoods.”

“All of today’s awardees have targeted properties, and their offices are ready to get projects going, quickly,” Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox said on Friday. “Housing rehabilitation funds directly benefit entire neighborhoods, improve the physical and mental health of residents, and most importantly, can keep people in their homes. We are happy to work with today’s awardees, and appreciate our partners in the Legislature for making this program a priority.”

To apply for grant funding for a Greenfield housing project, call the Greenfield Community and Economic Development Department at 413-772-1548.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at 413-772-0261, ext. 263 or mbourdeau@recorder.com.


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