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Governor Douglas announces $857,000 in Community Development Program grants

Source:, December 22. “Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $857,000 in Vermont Community Development Program grants are being awarded to four communities – Bethel, Randolph, Vergennes and Rochester. He made the announcement at a ceremony at the Bethel Town Hall, highlighting an affordable housing project in specially targeted for seniors and the disabled. “Senior housing and housing for disabled Vermonters is a critical part of keeping our communities vibrant,” Governor Douglas said. “This allows them to live close to family, friends, services and support systems that help them remain independent and active.” Bethel will receive $300,000 from the program to go toward a $1.6 million overhaul of the Depot II Apartments, an existing 10-unit apartment complex in two buildings with four units serving seniors or disabled individuals and six units serving families. “This funding will help the Depot II Apartments provide much needed affordable housing in Bethel for our seniors and those with disabilities,” said Bethel selectboard chairman Neal Fox. Governor Douglas also announced a $300,000 grant to the Town of Randolph to assist the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) with providing technical assistance to the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center (VTEC), a business incubator building in town. Those funds will be used by the Enterprise Center to assist growing businesses in the Randolph area, including those locating in VTEC’s new building, which is being rebuilt following a fire in November 2008. “This grant will help grow businesses and create jobs in the Randolph area,” said the Governor. “Investing in job creation, especially in our small businesses, is a wise use of our limited resources that will pay dividends for families and communities.” The City of Vergennes will receive a $327,000 grant that will be used as part of a $627,000 renovation of the John Graham Homeless Shelter. The renovation will include foundation repairs; the removal of vinyl siding and repair of the slate roof; installation of sprinklers, wiring, plumbing and a new energy-efficient heating system; and the remodeling the current living space to provide 10 rooms for families and individuals needing emergency shelter…” Full Story: Governor Douglas announces $857,000 in Community Development Program grants.

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