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Gov. Scott announces $3.6+ million in HUD grants awarded

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Funds to support mixed-income housing, recovery housing and community enrichment facilities.

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced recipients of $3.6 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding. $2.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funding was awarded through the Vermont Community Development Program, as well as $500,000 in Recovery Housing Program (RHP) funds, and $500,000 in CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) monies. This funding will leverage $44 million in other funding including state, federal and private sources. The funding will support nine projects throughout Vermont including mixed income housing developments, recovery housing and the revitalization of community facilities.  

“By supporting improvements to build affordable housing, enhance public facilities and support recovery housing projects, this funding will lay the groundwork for stronger, more resilient neighborhoods throughout Vermont,” said Governor Phil Scott. 

CDBG and RHP funds provide federal funding to help local communities address priority projects that primarily benefit individuals of low or moderate income. CDBG supports a wide range of projects, including for planning and implementation of housing, economic development, public infrastructure, and community facilities such as childcare and senior centers. 

“The CDBG and RHP programs are essential tools for building and redeveloping the affordable housing our communities need,” said Department of Housing and Community Development Commissioner Josh Hanford. “This funding, in coordination with other state, federal and private funding opportunities, addresses the widespread need to replace aging infrastructure and to promote housing affordability for all.” 

Vermont’s congressional delegation, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Peter Welch, and Representative Becca Balint have been steadfast in supporting the funding that makes the program possible. 

In a joint statement, Senator Sanders, Senator Welch, and Representative Balint said: “At its core, this program is about transforming communities by creating opportunities for Vermonters. These grants sustain our sense of community and drive their local economies. They will play diverse and critical roles in our communities, from building new mixed-income housing to supporting housing for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. These federal investments will offer a much needed helping hand to community members who need it most, and we congratulate each of the recipients.” 

The Fiscal Year 2023 Community Development Block Grants, CDBG CARES Act, and Recovery Housing Program funds were awarded to these 9 projects:

  • Town of Bennington – $386,190 CDBG award to support the redevelopment of the former Bennington High School into a mixed-use facility with mixed-income housing and community facility space including offices, childcare, and a community center.
  • Town of Bennington – $500,000 RHP supplemental award to support the Gage Street Recovery Housing project for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. 
  • Town of Brattleboro – $450,000 CDBG award to support the infill development for the relocation of up to 26 mobile homes in the Tri-Park that are located within the floodplain.
  • Town of Craftsbury – $500,000 CDBG-CV supplemental award to support HVAC improvements at the Craftsbury Community Care Center. 
  • Town of Middlebury – $1,250,000 CDBG award to support the construction of new multi-phased, mixed-income development that will include owner-occupied and rental housing units.
  • Town of Proctor – $60,000 CDBG award to support the site feasibility study, and environmental analysis for light industrial use activities at the portion of the former Marble Company building that is currently vacant. 
  • City of Rutland – $900,000 CDBG award to rehabilitate and preserve 22 units of existing affordable rental housing.
  • Town of St. Johnsbury – $330,000 CDBG award to support the Town’s remediation and renovations of the Historic former St. Johnsbury Armory building.  When completed, the building will house the Town’s Police Department and a regional Dispatch and Training Center. 
  • Town of St. Johnsbury – $60,000 CDBG award to complete a feasibility study to determine if the property located along Memorial Drive would be suitable for relocating the Northeast Kingdom Community Action and Northeast Employment and Training Organization administrative and programmatic offices.

For details on these CDBG, CDBG-CV, and RHP awardees and projects visit the DHCD website.

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  1. Many towns have not spent the last round of fake printed ARPA Funds yet, but

    More fake printed Manna Monies from the economically challenged Vermont Superheroes, Balint, Sanders and Welch. They love to shower the masses with non-existent monies to make them “feel good” while having no conscience of laying more debt on future generations!

    Gotta love the fake bubble of existence they live in!

  2. Before the beleaguered taxpayers are put on the hook to pay for more “recovery housing”, it would be nice to have a comprehensive definition for that term. By my observation, being “in recovery” means you dont actually at the present moment have an opioid-filled needle inserted in your vein. Someone who is actively using opioids is a very bad influence on others in such a facility.and that scenario completely defeats the purpose. There are 2 kinds of junkies…those who dont want to be junkies any longer and those who go through the motions and eat up all kinds of public resources for treatment, housing etc and have no intention of quitting…

  3. Copied from Overview from HUD website. Please review link provided in article to confirm.

    Funding for states and the District of Columbia to provide stable, transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The funding covers a period of not more than two years or until the individual secures permanent housing, whichever is earlier.

    RHP was authorized under Section 8071 of the Support for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act. HUD published its formula in the Federal Register on April 17, 2019 (84 FR 16027), identifying the 25 eligible grantees and allocation percentages.

    RHP eligible activities include:

    – Public facilities and improvements
    – Acquisition and disposition of real property
    – Payment of lease, rent, and utilities
    – Rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction of both single family, multifamily, and public housing
    -Clearance and demolition
    – Relocation
    – Administration and technical assistance

    On a side note anything to do with Balint and Welse is suspect. The statement “transforming our communities” is questionable, as this language is tied to the UN/WEF. This is a political and economic agenda that is transforming global systems, including education. I would like to point out that the end goal or outcome of the transformation was not explained in any meaningful detail.

    • Hi Christine,

      I think it’s best summed up like this:

      Believe us as we are the all-knowing, elitists and experts. We know what is good for all of you. We will give you everything you need to live. Just listen to us and let us indoctrinate your minds with our wisdom. We will give you free food, free rent, free medical, free entertainment, etc.

      You will have no responsibility or need to own property as we will control all aspects of your life. Oh ….. and we promise, you will love it!

      • Exactly!!! I couldn’t agree more. I can’t understand why people do not understand the risk and danger associated with being reliant on the government and its international handlers. I know this isn’t working well for some poverty stricken people in India. India is already using digital ID’s and CBDCs. The conversation to this system was not successful for all people, which means their monthly rice rations were dined, resulting in seniors starving. That is one way to end starvation, let people starve, no more starvation.

  4. “Recovery Housing Program
    The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development has been allocated $1.5 million in Recovery Housing Program (RHP) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The state received $753,000 for FY20, $791,652 for FY21 and $755,059 for FY22. These funds are intended to be used to address the needs of transitional housing for people recovering from substance use disorder in the State. The State received approval for its Vermont Recovery Housing Program Action Plan (RHP) in January 2022. The RHP Action Plan outlines priorities for the use of approximately $2.1 million in federal funds being provided to the State.”

    This is free money from the Fed, so don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

    It is very disappointing that there is nothing in The Community Block Grants for Newport to rebuild the beautiful buildings that were knocked down for the EB5 scam.

    • JayDee,

      You said, “This is free money from the Fed……” You are kidding ……….. Right?

      • Free for those receiving the money courtesy of taxpayers. Although, the funds could have come from the IMF or the World Bank if the US is doing this in service of a larger, political, global agenda. There is always strings attached to Nations who borrow money from these entities. The World Bank was set up to fund the United Nations and its agenda.

    • Hi JayDee,

      I would like to please understand. What do you mean by “free money from the Fed?”

      Thank you.

  5. A million here, a billion over there, trillions upon trillions in debt and hidden derivatives – Who’s counting? Who cares?! Just print more currency and add more digits at will because fiat money (and the US economy) is an illusion afterall. Carry on.

    • I don’t believe that JayDee understands much of anything in the real world. The question is, why does she/he comment on a site where she/he calls most people here smug, know-it-alls or whatever her/his daily adjectives are. I think she/he is a die-hard liberal looking for whatever she/he can get from what she/he calls free government money, a bored person looking for relevance or just a troll. Trying to reason with such a person is a hopeless endeavor. He/she is not here to learn she/he is here to criticize to feel better about his/her life.