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Amherst accepting proposals for CDBG spending

AMHERST — Even though it isn’t yet known how much money Amherst will get to support Community Development Block Grant proposals, officials are continuing with the process.

The CDBG Advisory Committee has extended to Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. the deadline for requests for proposal for nonsocial service projects that could be paid for using CDBG money.

The committee will hold a public hearing Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Activity Room of the Bangs Community Center to listen to these proposals.

The town last year received $900,000 that it is using to fund both social service agency programs, such as the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, and nonsocial service projects, including the accessibility improvements to Main Street.

Amherst, though, lost its status as a mini-entitlement community, but Town Manager John Musante has said the town may still be able to get about half of this money as a transition community.

The committee has already received 13 proposals in both categories, including support for social service agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Center for New Americans, as well as nonsocial service projects by the town, including renovations to the East Street School and the North Amherst School.

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