Residents invited to help make federal funds work for city

Residents invited to help make federal funds work for city

PAWTUCKET – The city is in the process of developing a five-year plan to describe community needs and priorities, and residents are invited to give input on what they see as the most important local needs.

The purposes of the consolidated plan, say officials, are to:

• Identify housing and community development needs, priorities and strategies;

• And to help officials indicate how state and federal funds will be allocated to address needs and activities through 2024.

Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said the city receives about $2.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds, HOME Partnership Investment Funds, and Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“To continue receiving these funds, Pawtucket is required to identify and prioritize its needs, then explain how it will address these needs through local projects,” he said. “These public meetings and focus groups are a way to have the community participate and relay to the city what are the needs that the federal funds should be focused on.

The plan is spearheaded by the Planning Department.

All upcoming community meetings on the plan will be held at 6 p.m. Dates are:

• Oct. 16 at St. Luke Episcopal Church, 670 Weeden St., Pawtucket;

• Oct. 17 at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main St. (Spanish and Portuguese translators available if requested).

Residents can also participate by taking online surveys. They can be found at www.pawtucketri.com under the news tab.