Gov. Shumlin Announces $2.8 million in Community Development Grants

Projects will Bring Housing, Child Care, and Economic Development to Eight Vermont Towns

BRATTLEBORO – Standing within sight of a failed retaining wall, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a $300,000 grant to replace the wall, reopen a neighborhood street and restore parking spaces behind the historic Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro. The grant was one of eight Vermont Community Development Program awards announced today totaling more than $2.8 million.

 

“From Lyndon in the north to Bennington in the south, communities across Vermont will use these grants to create affordable housing, expand services to their residents, restore historic buildings and plan for economic development,” said Gov. Shumlin.

 

The Governor was joined by Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.  She added “Today, we continue the state’s partnership with municipalities to create housing and jobs while strengthening their downtowns and village centers.” The state awards the competitive grants through ACCD’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

“While targeted to the needs of lower income Vermonters, these projects will benefit their towns in many ways and for years to come,” said DHCD Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Hollar. The projects include moving a child care center out of a floodplain and expanding it in Tunbridge; creating new affordable housing for seniors in Milton; making safety repairs to allow continued use of the historic Vermont Marble Company facility in Proctor and infrastructure improvements in a mobile home park in Randolph. A full list of projects is below.

 

Also present for the announcement were representatives of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Each member of the congressional delegation has played a key role in securing the funding that makes the program possible. The grants are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said:  “Year after year, CDBG remains the principal source of much-needed funding for our communities to apply flexible solutions to promote economic, physical and social development in Vermont’s small cities and towns.  The diversity of these new grants shows what a significant impact CDBG investments can help make in a community – from housing counseling to environmental clean-up, to services to help children and first-time parents.  The CDBG program is a smart investment, and we are urging others in Congress to increase funding for this program so that our community partners throughout the state can continue to innovate, create jobs and invest in what works.”

 

For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at:

http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/vcdp

Municipality

Award

Description

Town of Bennington

$500,000

Deferred loan to Shires Housing to rehabilitate six historic multi-family buildings consisting of 26 affordable housing units on three properties in Bennington.
Town of Brattleboro

$300,000

Grant to replace a failed retaining wall between Green Street and the Harmony Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Brattleboro.
Town of Lyndon

$450,000

Subgrant to Rural Edge to extend for an additional year the Northeast Kingdom Housing Rehab Revolving Loan Fund, a three county housing rehabilitation, services and counseling program.
Town of Milton

$560,000

Deferred loan to Cathedral Square Corporation to construct 30 units of service-enriched affordable housing for seniors in Milton’s downtown.
Town of Proctor

$300,000

Subgrant to The Preservation Trust of Vermont for the environmental cleanup, code violation remediation, and major repairs to the Vermont Marble Museum property.
Town of Randolph

$434,000

Subgrant to Randolph Area Community Development Corporation to acquire Armstrong Mobile Home Park and make infrastructure improvements.
Town of Tunbridge

$285,000

Subgrant to the Orange County Parent Child Center to assist in the purchase of the former Wellspring Waldorf School to allow OCPCC to expand its children and family support services.
Town of Bristol

$25,000

Grant to create a development and marketing plan for a potential business/industrial area on Stony Hill.

Total

$2,854,000