Sheffield-Great Barrington FY16 Community Development Block Grant

BRPC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the FY16 Sheffield Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The Towns of Sheffield and Great Barrington were awarded $923,983 by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The Sheffield-Great Barrington Housing Rehabilitation Program has been designed to address one of the most pressing community development needs in the two communities, as established by their Community Development Strategies: the preservation of affordable housing through the rehabilitation of properties owned and occupied by low and moderate income people. This activity will undertake moderate levels of rehabilitation to existing substandard housing units to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing that meet the CDBG program inspection requirements.  And continues with a FY16 grant with Sheffield.

If you have any questions, please contact Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Patricia Mullins at 413-442-1521 x17 (pmullins@berkshireplanning.org)

The Sheffield-Great Barrington Housing Rehabilitation Program (HRP) is managed by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, and provides home improvement assistance in the form of 0% percent deferred payment loans for low/moderate income homeowners. The maximum award of CDBG funds for a single rehabilitation project is $30,000. Under the Housing Rehabilitation Program, approximately 16 housing units in the Town of Sheffield.

The second activity of this grant includes the Sheffield Town Hall Architectural Barrier Removal (ABR) Construction project will implement eliminate architectural barriers at the Sheffield Town Hall, based on ABR design work funded under the FY14 CDBG award. The project will improve accessibility for the purpose of creating greater equity for people with disabilities by affording better access to the public meeting facilities and offices at the Sheffield Town Hall, particularly in terms of accessing the building and utilizing the existing elevator to the second floor of the building, where the majority of meetings, including Board of Selectmen meetings, are held.

The third activity of the grant will improve pedestrian safety, walkability, streetscape aesthetics, and parking circulation at the Housatonic Community Center campus, which consists of the Community Center, the former elementary school, and the Housatonic Park, in the village of Housatonic.