2005-11-03 / News

Jamestown receives state community development grant

Gov. Donald Carcieri’s office announced last week that Jamestown is the recipient of some $31,500 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

In all, nearly $5.4 million was given to 32 Rhode Island communities for projects that fund affordable housing and the revitalization of neighborhoods, among other things.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer, who submits the annual grant application, said that the town asked for some $150,000 for affordable housing acquisitions, but Jamestown was turned down on that request.

“It was a bit of a disappointment,” Bryer said.

Funding in the amount of $15,000 was received for Church Community Housing in Newport, which administers all of Jamestown’s affordable housing programs, including lead abatement workshops and retrofitting for water conservation, Bryer said.

East Bay Community Action, a regional social services agency that serves Jamestown residents, received $10,000, Bryer said.

The Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties received $4,000 to run programs for battered women in Jamestown, including workshops on economic self-sufficiency, Bryer said.

Fifteen hundred dollars was given to the Housing Resource Board, a telephone hot line that people can call about affordable housing opportunities, Bryer said. Some $1,000 went toward the administration of Jamestown’s affordable housing programs, Bryer said.

Jamestown has received funding each year under the CDBG programs since 1987, Bryer said.

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