The Abington Office of Community Development (OCD) is funded through a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and is staffed by consultants who are under contract with the Town to administer the current FY 2016 CDBG award. In past years, Abington was awarded and successfully completed CDBG programs for FY 2012 and FY 2014, which provided rehabilitation assistance to 43 units of housing in Abington and Whitman.
The current FY 2016 CDBG award is again shared jointly by the Towns of Abington and Whitman and funds the Abington – Whitman Housing Rehabilitation Program and both Saint Vincent DePaul food pantries in each town.
The FY 2016 Abington – Whitman Housing Rehabilitation Program assists qualified homeowners with financial and technical assistance to make needed repairs and accessibility improvements as well as to correct code violations and health hazards such as lead paint and asbestos. Financial assistance is secured through zero percent interest deferred payment loans. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are added to the waiting list in the order in which they are received. Emergency housing needs are considered for fast-track processing.
The CDBG Program is federally funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is a competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs by providing assistance to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist qualified low and moderate-income residents. In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the Housing and Community Development Act, giving state and local leaders around the country a powerful new tool to help stimulate community development and job growth. Today, CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to use in identifying solutions to address physical, economic, and social need in lower-income communities.
For more information on eligibility and funding opportunities, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/funding/community-development-block-gr...