(Concord, NH) The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has approved Community Development Block Grant awards to eight New Hampshire municipalities and counties totaling nearly $3.1 million. The funds will go toward projects developing affordable housing, public works, and upgrading failing infrastructure which benefit nearly 2,600 low- and moderate-income residents in the Granite State.
“These CDBG awards are granted to towns and counties in every part of the state. These are the projects that community leaders say are needed to help their residents who are of low- and moderate-income,” said CDFA Communications Director Kevin Flynn. “Much of the needed work addresses the high energy costs associated with operating these facilities. Those expenditures are increasingly making the properties too expensive to operate or diverting precious resources from other services the nonprofits provide.”
The City of Berlin will receive $500,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of Affordable Housing, Education and Development, Inc. (AHEAD) for energy improvements at Northern Lights Senior Housing. The scope of work includes installing a new wood pellet boiler, replacing one section of roofing, energy efficiency improvements, and fire alarm upgrades for the 63 unit facility.
“The Northern Lights is an important part of Berlin’s past, present and future. These energy improvements help it move forward and make our community stronger and better. I commend everyone who made this grant possible,” said Senator Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton).
Other projects approved by CDFA’s Community Development Advisory Board are:
A $255,000 grant to the City of Keene on behalf of Keene Housing Authority for the rehabilitation of the men’s emergency shelter
On behalf of the Somersworth Housing Authority, a $500,000 grant to the City of Somersworth to implement energy improvements at the Albert J. Nadeau Homes affordable housing development.
Merrimack County will receive $300,000 on behalf of Second Start to replace the roof and make masonry repairs on their main building in Concord.
To make energy repairs to the Old Graded School Building, the Town of Warner will receive at $20,600 grant.
The proposed Suncook Senior Center will receive $500,000 through a grant to the Town of Allenstown.
A grant of $500,000 to Hillsborough County for The Granite YMCA’s plan to build a Center for Youth and Teen Leadership addition to their facility in Goffstown.
A $478,880 grant to the Town of Tilton on behalf of the Gaslight Village Cooperative to replace existing septic systems by connecting to the municipal wastewater system.