Community Block Grants Bring Vital Aid to Vineyard, Gosnold
Alex Elvin

More than $2 million in community development block grants have been awarded to the Island and Gosnold this year.

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Rep. Bill Keating Pushes Back on Sweeping Federal Budget Cuts
Steve Myrick
Cong. William Keating, whose district includes Martha’s Vineyard, delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s budget blueprint, which would eliminate Community Development Block Grants.
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Revised Block Grant Plan Offers Better Funding Prospects for Vineyard
Alex Elvin

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has presented an alternative to plans that would have stemmed a key source of funding for low and moderate income households.

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Community Block Grants Shift According to Need
Olivia Hull

West Tisbury, a town which has only qualified for housing rehabilitation and child care funds every three years, is now eligible every year. But in neighboring Chilmark, it's a different story.

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Oak Bluffs Streetscape Initiative Aims to Draw a Crowd
Olivia Hull

The health of the historic resort community is not in doubt. But a streetscape master plan project begun in January wants to identify parts of the downtown that can be improved. And planners want more public opinion.

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Island Towns Receive Block Grant Funds
Edgartown, Aquinnah and Chilmark will receive $869,884 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 21 units and childcare vouchers to approximately 30 families.
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Downtown Specialists Help Oak Bluffs Find Its Funky Center
Olivia Hull
Salem is synonymous with witchcraft, Concord with the revolutionary war. But what is the identity of Oak Bluffs? The question was put to community members and state officials recently at a public discussion.
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Cutting a Tangle of Red Tape to Free Funds for the Needy
Mike Seccombe

Over the past eight years the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant program has funneled more than $14 million toward vital housing needs of Martha’s Vineyard residents. Thanks to concerted last minute lobbying by Island leaders over recent weeks, it will continue to do so.

But it was a close-run thing.

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Bleak Economy Sees More Requests for Help
Remy Tumin

Five of the six Island towns are applying for Community Development Block Grants for the 2011 fiscal year, with more applications than ever expected this year from needy residents. At their meeting Tuesday, Aquinnah selectmen praised the block grant program, which this year includes funds for rehabilitating homes and child care assistance for income-eligible residents. Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury are all applying for grants.

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Federal Home Repairs Grants May Aid Child Care
Megan Dooley

Edgartown selectmen voted Monday to reapply for a housing rehabilitation program under the federal Community Development Block Grant that allows eligible homeowners to borrow up to $35,000 for critical home repairs.

Under the grant, homeowners who make 80 per cent or less of median income are eligible for the no-interest loans, which are forgivable over a period of 15 years.

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