$28-million grant to improve Massachusetts infrastructures

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A state grant program looks to improve infrastructure for several western Massachusetts communities.

We’re talking about $28-million in Community Development Block Grants for the state. This grant hopes to improve access to housing for low income families. Several Western Massachusetts cities and towns will get a share of that money. It provides funding to allow residents to build almost 300 housing units across the state.

The town of Easthampton is one of 57 cities and towns receiving grant money.

Mariah Wenz-Guyette of Easthampton told 22News, “I think it’s a pretty great town but I think any help we can get to help people with anything they need is fantastic.”

The state grant will also support a variety of social services including youth leadership, child care assistance, family literacy, and elder services. Also in Hampshire County, Amherst will be receiving more than 960 thousand dollars from the grant. Other towns receiving the funding include West Springfield, Greenfield, Southwick and Ware.

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