U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Framingham's Congressman Edward Markey, announced that 18 Massachusetts cities and towns, including Framingham, will receive more than $63.4 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support economic development projects, increase affordable housing opportunities, improve area homeless shelters, and expand support services for low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The funding was awarded through a number of Housing and Urban Development grant programs including the Community Development Block Grant Initiative, the Emergency Shelter Grant Initiative, the HOME Initiative, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Initiative.
Boston received more than $17 million.
Framingham received $483,568. The money will be used to improve and for road construction.
“This investment means jobs and housing in Massachusetts and that’s a huge deal in a fragile economy,” said Kerry. “I applaud Secretary Donovan for his efforts in helping to make this happen.”
“Investing in our cities and towns is an important part of assuring that businesses both large and small have the opportunities they need to thrive,” said Brown. “These funds will have a positive impact on the residents and businesses in these communities and I am pleased Massachusetts received them.”
“With income disparity at risk of growing due to ill advised Tea Party-backed budget cuts, I wholeheartedly welcome this announcement of housing assistance for the Framingham and Medford communities,” said Markey. “This Community Development Block Grant funding will enhance our efforts to provide dignity, promote economic opportunity and protect the domestic security of some of the most vulnerable in Massachusetts.”