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August 1, 2013

Salisbury awarded $500,000 grant

SALISBURY — For the sixth consecutive year, Salisbury will receive a major state grant, amounting to $500,000, to be used to improve housing, drainage and help local families through the Boys and Girls Club.

In the past eight years, Salisbury has been a winner seven times in the competitive Community Development Block Grant program that filters federal money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through state governments to local communities. Last year, Salisbury was awarded $850,000 and the year before, the town received $900,000.

Over the years, CDBG monies have been used to refurbish local homes in need of repair for low- to moderate-income households, as well as to improve roadways, sidewalks, water and sewer systems in qualifying neighborhoods, and support local social service agencies.

This year Salisbury was eligible for $500,000 in funding from the program and will use it for the housing rehabilitation of two units, and water improvements in the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood, as well as social services through the Boys and Girls Club’s emergency assistance program.

Town Manager Neil Harrington expressed his gratitude for the much-needed funding and offered his appreciation to state legislators, who wrote letters of recommendation supporting Salisbury’s grant application.

“Thanks to (state) Rep. Michael Costello and Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Salisbury will be able to continue rehabbing homes, improving neighborhoods and investing in our youth through the CDBG program,” Harrington said.

Costello said working with Salisbury on the CDBG grants has been rewarding, as the town rebuilt infrastructure in the Salisbury Square neighborhoods from Gardner Street to Lincoln Avenue using CDBG funds.

“The grant has allowed Salisbury to make meaningful investments, to create jobs and to enhance the town center,” Costello said. “We have also been able support critical social service organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Pettengill House.”

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