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Haverhill to Use $800,000 Grant to Help Homeowners in Low-Income Neighborhoods

5.9.19

The City of Haverhill announced Tuesday night that it will spend $800,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant money for “neighborhood stabilization.” The City’s plans include helping to rehabilitate owner-occupied homes, enforcing building codes, undertaking demolition where necessary, helping first-time home buyers and improving streets and sidewalks.

As an “entitlement community,” Haverhill receives money from the federal government to put towards improvements to the city. Most of the money will be targeted towards low-income communities, including the Mount Washington and Acre neighborhoods. Other projects include the construction of a public coworking space in the Mount Washington neighborhood. 

City councillors were critical of the lack of an increase in funding this year, given the growth of the national budget. Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan called the amounts “embarrassing” and a “disgrace.” 

Read more about neighborhood stabilization in Haverhill at WHAV.

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