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Grants will build new local housing

Source: Bennington Banner, April 4, 2011, by Neal Goswami

“BENNINGTON — Housing grants awarded by the state will serve several projects in Bennington County and add additional affordable housing. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced $2.4 million in Vermont Community Development Program grants in Rutland Monday, including $650,000 to the town of Bennington, the Regional Affordable Housing Corp. of Bennington and Housing Vermont to construct 14 new rental units and renovate 12 units of existing housing. “The Vermont Community Development Program helps Vermonters by developing affordable housing, creating jobs, making town halls and community centers accessible, and providing services to those in need,” Shumlin said. “Our ability to help municipalities meet the unique needs of their communities, which is the hallmark of the grant program’s success, would be severely diminished if those in Washington have their way.” Block Grant program The grants are funded through the state Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The future of the program is in doubt, however. The U.S. House recently voted to cut the Community Development Block Program by 62 percent. The largest grant announced Monday was awarded to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, which serves provides low-interest loans to low- and moderate-income homeowners in Addison, Bennington and Rutland counties for repairs and upgrades. The organization recently expanded its reach into Addison and Bennington counties…” Full Story: Grants will build new local housing PDF of Story: Grants will build new local housing

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