U.S. Representative Neal and Mayor Sarno Announce Over $5 Million in Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Planning and Development Program
Springfield, MA – U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal joined Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno this afternoon to announce the awarding of four grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Planning and Development Program totaling $5,392,632.
“Congratulations to the City of Springfield and Mayor Sarno for the awarding of these grants,” said Representative Neal. “It is impressive to see Springfield receiving four diverse awards totaling well over $5 million. It is a testament to the hard work put in by the grant writers and staff. These monies will undoubtedly make a tremendous difference across the entire city for years to come.”
Mayor Sarno stated, “I’m so very appreciative of Congressman Neal’s continued efforts to secure over $5 million in funding to our city. Being a former mayor, he knows these funds are a vital lifeline to urban mayors to put across youth development, business, economic development, job development, housing and medical assistance initiatives.”
The City of Springfield was awarded the following:
- $3,440,019 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The CDBG program provides annual grants to States and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
- $1,121,435 from the HOME program. The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.
- $516,772 from the HOPWA program. The HOPWA program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, States and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.
- $314,406 from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG program provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; improve the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.