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May 12, 2021
 
Three Mass. Nonprofits Get $827K for Housing and Jobs

March 14, 2021 — Three Massachusetts nonprofits that are part of the NeighborWorks network, a national affiliation of organizations that focus on community revitalization and homeownership, recently received $827,000 in federal funding to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan, who represents the third congressional district, announced the grants supporting the nonprofits in her district: Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, which was granted $220,000, NewVue Communities in Fitchburg, granted $300,000; and Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, granted $307,000.

“These three organizations provide critical support to their communities and are actively working to keep families healthy and housed during these challenging times,” Trahan said. “Strengthening our community-based partners is more important than ever as we continue to navigate this pandemic, and I am proud to see these outstanding organizations receive this critical support.”

The leaders of the three organizations said the funding provides critical support that will allow them to continue to help residents in their service areas.

Yun-Ju Choi, executive director of Coalition for a Better Acre, said, “Throughout its existence, Coalition for a Better Acre has responded to community need, and in 2021 these needs are resounding due to COVID-19. Funding from NeighborWorks’ not only supports our workforce training, financial education, and youth programs in Lowell, but allows us to engage deeply with our neighbors to promote health, grassroots leadership, and racial equity.”

Added Marc Dohan, executive director of NewVue Communities, “This has been a very difficult year for many residents of our community. This flexible funding from NeighborWorks America will allow NewVue to help residents overcome the financial challenges of the pandemic, stay in their homes, and help struggling small businesses survive.”

Jessica Andors, executive director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, “Over the last year, NeighborWorks’ thoughtfulness and flexibility allowed us to pivot our efforts quickly, and respond to the urgent needs of the community generated by the local health and economic fallout from COVID-19. This funding, and Congresswoman Trahan’s legislative leadership and advocacy, directly supports LCW’s continued goal of providing immediate relief while building long-term resilience for Lawrence families.”

Congress established NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit, in 1978 as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Since then, it has supported local solutions to community development and affordable housing challenges in urban, suburban, and rural communities by providing organizations with financial support, training, technical assistance, organizational assessments, technology tools, and other services.

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