KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE $24 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced today that $24.9 million in federal funding will go to Massachusetts under the Community Services Block Grant program. This funding will alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty through programs that improve emergency services, health care, nutrition, education, housing and childcare.
Senator Kennedy said, "This economic crisis has deeply devastated American families and intensified poverty. These funds will offer emergency assistance and other much-needed support to help our most vulnerable citizens weather the economic storm."
"Working people are hurting, and we need this investment to help more people get the tools they need to get back on their feet and back on the job," said Senator Kerry.
This funding is awarded nationally under the Recovery Act through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nationally, $1 billion will be added to the Community Services Block Grant program's regular annual operating budget of approximately $700 million. The funds are distributed by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community to community based organizations based on the Department's funding formula.