CEDA gets approval to apply for $675,000 grant

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 21, 2017

The Community and Economic Development Authority has received seven applications from local, community-oriented organizations for federal money, but only five requests will be filled.

The Authority, commonly referred to as CEDA, is preparing its application for $675,000 in grant money from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the grant program awards money to communities for affordable housing projects, infrastructure development and programs for low-income residents.

Wareham has historically received the grant because of its high percentage of low- and moderate-income residents. Other communities must apply for the funds on a competitive basis.

CEDA Interim Director Peter Sanborn sought and received approval from Selectmen Tuesday night to move forward with the grant application.

Due on March 10, this year’s application includes requests a renewal of the “slum and blight” designation for Wareham Village and funds to draft a plan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Ten years ago, Wareham approved conducting a study that determined that the Village was a "blighted area." The designation allowed CEDA to spend CDBG funds in the area, which resulted in improvements to infrastructure and funded several studies.

This year, the designation is set to expire. Sanborn recommended renewing the designation. Doing so will "enable the town to commit additional CDBG funds to the Village for the next decade," according to Sanborn.

Updating the ADA plan includes making sure that municipal buildings are accessible to people with disabilities and that town policies don’t unintentionally discriminate against them.

Before the March 10 deadline, Sanborn said CEDA members must decide how to allocate $135,000 that will be awarded for “public social services,” according to federal guidelines.

“As it is, one request will be unfunded and others will have to be reduced,” said Sanborn.

New this year, CEDA asked applicants to make requests between $10,000 and $50,000 based on need. In past years, applicants were only able to request either $25,000 or $35,000.

“The intent was to encourage proposals that correspond to actual financial needs and capacity to deliver programs on a timely basis, rather than to set an arbitrary amount,” Sanborn wrote in a report to Selectmen.

Groups that have submitted applications include: GATRA Transportation program ($30,000); Damien’s Place Food Pantry ($25,000); Turning Point Day Resource Center ($35,000); The Boys & Girls Club ($47,025); Wareham Free Library ($20,000); and the Wareham Council on Aging ($16,000 for director’s salary), ($13,804 for elderly outreach worker).

Comments (9)
Posted by: Fortywhat2 | Feb 22, 2017 07:24

Maybe they could use the funds to repair Main Street and tear out those dreaded bump outs and put the parking spaces back before we look like Buzzards Bay with businesses either moving away or going under due to lack of customers/clients.  Really take a ride down Main Street in Buzzards Bay... they put bump outs in and now most of their store fronts are empty or the building have been torn down. SAD so very sad. I don't want to see Wareham mirror them like we mirrored their bump outs!  Just my opinion.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 22, 2017 07:54

Wareham will follow suit. The bumpouts and this insatiable need to attract homeless and low income folks to Wareham with bus rides from New Bedford, homeless shelters everywhere, Section 8 housing full of out towners with their drug dealing freeloading boyfriends shacked up. When you build it they will come and they certainly have.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 22, 2017 08:16

Well, aren't you two just a ray of sunshine. SMH



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 22, 2017 09:59

I think more along the line of ray of sanity. Our schools are struggling to make the grade due to influx of kids with problems. Students are suffering due to distractions and being held back by others. Crime is thru the roof. Drugs are thru the roof. Drug deaths are thru the roof. Homeless hanging out everywhere. There is a cloud on Wareham and much of it is its own doing.



Posted by: Chaka | Feb 22, 2017 12:47

Originally the slum and blight funds were for Onset village, not wareham village. Is this a misprint or did ceda change its tune?



Posted by: bob | Feb 22, 2017 13:31

$47,000 plus for the boys girl club,,you kidding ,when they were in a facility  before for a $1.00 year...Let the organization make the improvements themselves and use those monies for COA  ,WFL...etc..



Posted by: Linda | Feb 23, 2017 10:49

Well, I would say the bump outs on Main St. would fit well under the slum and blight funding.  I don't know why they are still there as I know I spoke to the "man in charge" after a few were done and told him how our streets aren't wide enough (like B.B.'s) and we have always needed more parking spots on Main St. and now we have less.  All he said to me was, "yes, many have complained about them, but we have the money for a beautification project and this is it." 



Posted by: Dick Paulsen | Feb 24, 2017 11:46

Tear out the bump outs, you mean the ones that were just put in a couple of years ago, those bump outs? Ah, and then when they are gone, why, we can wait a couple of years and then, guess what, put,them back in.

 

I suggested several years against, and will here again.  Take CEDA, the state and Community Preservation, lock them all in a room and demand that they, collectively, come up a five year funding plan to renovate and rehab the housing for the elderly. And they don't let them out until they accomplish the task set to them.

 

Don't tell me that it can't be done, that is the usual excuse. It's a need, more so than more street work.



Posted by: Linda | Feb 24, 2017 12:38

Mr. Paulsen, Yes - those bump outs that were just put in a few years ago, especially the one near Tobey.  I have seen professionals remove and save brick and reuse it.  No reason it can't be done on Main St. 

Recently I was looking for low income, elderly housing in town. I had no place to go and was close to sleeping in my car. I was fortunate that I found a place.  Ms. Hickey was awesome but when houses are filled, that's it.  I SO AGREE with locking them in a meeting room and getting results. 



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