Rep. Benson and Sen. Eldridge Announce $795k Grant for Shirley

BOSTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Town of Shirley has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $795,953 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development. The grant will be used by the Town to fund the rehabilitation of 18 housing units, and to support Shirley’s home heating fuel assistance program for low-and-moderate-income households.

“Over the past few years, Shirley has made excellent use of CDBG funds, rehabilitating dozens of homes and sustaining their winter fuel assistance program,” said Representative Benson. “The CDBG program is a vital resource for the towns in my district. If Congress follows through on President Trump’s plan to completely eliminate the CDBG, it would be devastating for Massachusetts.”

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for awarding Shirley these critical CDBG funds, which will help residents access essential services, including improved housing and heating assistance,” said Senator Eldridge. “If President Trump eradicates CDBG funding, many low-income and working-class families that rely on this assistance will suffer. It is crucial that Congress acts to preserve the CDBG in years to come.”

The CDBG is a federally funded program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development that awards grants to communities to fund improvements to housing, infrastructure, accessibility, and community buildings, among other programs.

President Trump’s proposed budget completely eliminates the CDBG, which is also used to fund many local Meals on Wheels initiatives, affordable housing, and other anti-poverty programs.