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Town honored for how it manages Community Development Block Grants

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Arlington has received the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award, town planning has announced.

The award, which was presented during the National Community Development Association’s virtual annual conference on June 18, recognizes outstanding member efforts to promote and celebrate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program during National Community Development Week. 

As part of its development-week activities April 5 through 9, planning coordinated a series of virtual events and media to highlight the impact of CDBG and the town’s partners who carry out meaningful work through the program. Efforts to bring awareness of the CDBG program to the public and elected officials included a proclamation by the Select Board, a social-media and email campaign, and a virtual panel, which featured two CDBG subrecipients, Arlington EATS and Food Link. 

“This award is a reflection of the essential role CDBG plays in enhancing equity in Arlington through its partner organizations and agencies, and underscores the Town’s dedication to engaging community members in the CDBG planning process,” said Jennifer Raitt, director of planning and community development.

Arlington joins five other communities nationwide, including the City of Quincy, as being designated an awardee this year.

The CDBG program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1974, provides grants to state and local governments. CDBG supports activities including housing rehabilitation, youth and senior services, small-business assistance and park renovations, among other activities.

Activities funded by CDBG serve primarily low-to moderate-income individuals and households, in addition to seniors and persons with disabilities. As an entitlement community, Arlington has received CDBG funds for 46 years and is preparing for the start of its 47th year as a recipient community on July 1.

This year marks the 21st year that the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award has been presented. Sasso was a leading national force in promoting CDBG and NCDA, and he cared deeply about the low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods served by CDBG.

All questions regarding the CDBG program may be directed to Mallory Sullivan, CBDG administrator, at 781-316-3094 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This news announcement was published Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

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