EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 30, 2013

Methuen receives $800K in grants

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON – State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives announced yesterday that Methuen and Salisbury were awarded $1.3 million in federal money through the competitive Community Development Block Grants program.

The program is the state’s largest available resource for neighborhood revitalization projects and helps address housing and public service needs, while building and repairing infrastructure vital to the health and safety of residents.

Methuen will receive $800,000 toward rehabilitation of 12 housing units, for a downtown sign and façade program and for social service programs including adult literacy and elder transportation assistance)

Salisbury will receive $500,000 .

In a statement, O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, said “infrastructure projects help communities create and maintain jobs while providing important improvements to the lives of residents in each city and town. Historically, 40 percent of CDBG funds distributed have been used for these job-creating projects.”

“These grants will allow Methuen and Salisbury to enhance the quality of life in these communities and I commend both the City of Methuen and the Town of Salisbury for their strong grant applications,” she said. “Methuen will gain important funding for senior and disabled residents’ transportation needs, neighborhood youth service programs, downtown Methuen sign and façade improvements and housing improvements.”

“Salisbury will have new resources for housing code upgrades, water infrastructure improvements in the Lincoln Avenue area, Boys and Girls Club scholarships and additional emergency fuel assistance,” said O’Connor Ives.

State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, said, “I offer my most sincerest thank you to Governor Patrick for his careful consideration of Methuen’s application, and my congratulations to the City of Methuen for the comprehensive application that they put forth. These very effective and targeted federal funds will greatly assist the City of Methuen in improving public safety, housing rehabilitation, community development, and neighborhood cohesion.”

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and funds are awarded through a competitive grant process by DHCD 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 HUD.