Pittsfield seeks public input on community development block grant money | Berkshires Center

PITTSFIELD – The Department of Community Development wants to know how residents think the country’s Community Development Block Grant money should be spent over the coming year.

The Community Development Block Grant is an annual program that provides federal funds to states, cities, and counties to revitalize urban communities by supporting housing and economic opportunity for low- and middle-income people.

Last year, Pittsfield received about $1.34 million from the grant.

The department will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. to gather ideas on how funds for fiscal year 2023 should be spent. The hearing will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Organizers hope to use the audience to get feedback on the types of housing rehabilitation, improvements to public facilities and parks, economic development, employment opportunities, and public or human service projects that would best serve the community.

Resident feedback will be used to create an annual action plan, which will be released to the public in draft form in April. The draft will go through another public hearing and the final version is expected to be completed and submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in May.

To register for the public hearing, visit https://bit.ly/3GscUz3 or contact Justine Dodds at [email protected] or by phone at 499-9358 to receive a registration link.

Norma P. Rex