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Transformative Improvements and Proud Contributions

In a momentous event on August 25, 2023, Gardner was awarded $1,650,000, signaling a significant leap forward in the city’s commitment to enhancing its infrastructure and fostering a stronger, more vibrant community. The funds, a part of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, were distributed to support downtown infrastructure improvements, Greenwood Pavilion Park enhancements, and crucial social services, including youth afterschool and athletic assistance, along with homelessness prevention programs.

Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll and Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities Edward Augustus Jr. joined Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson, local legislative delegation members, and municipal leaders from across the state to celebrate the allocation of $64.9 million in CDBG funds. These federal funds are poised to propel a myriad of housing, community, and economic development projects and programs in 72 Massachusetts cities and towns.

The impact of these funds is palpable in Gardner, with downtown infrastructure improvements promising a more dynamic and accessible city center. The enhancements at Greenwood Pavilion Park showcase a commitment to green spaces and community gathering spots, enriching the quality of life for residents.

The social services allocation is particularly noteworthy, addressing critical aspects of community well-being. Youth afterschool and athletic assistance programs will contribute to the holistic development of young individuals, fostering a sense of community and skill-building. Simultaneously, homelessness prevention programs underscore Gardner’s dedication to creating a supportive environment for all residents.

As an integral part of this evolving landscape, the Gardner Housing Authority is proud to contribute to the positive changes sweeping through our community. Our various properties, from the Forrest Park Apartments to the centrally located High Rise apartments on Church Street, reflect our commitment to providing secure, welcoming living environments for families, veterans, elders, and individuals with disabilities.

Gardner Housing Authority is enthusiastic about the city’s progress and is dedicated to being an active participant in the ongoing transformation. As Gardner continues to evolve into a more resilient, connected, and thriving community, we stand poised to contribute to and benefit from the positive changes that make Gardner a wonderful place to call home. Join us in celebrating these improvements, and let’s build a brighter future together.