Foreclosure aid comes to Massachusetts
Massachusetts communities will receive $54.8 million in new federal funds to help stabilize neighborhoods hurt by the growing number of foreclosures, abandoned properties and blight.
The allocations were made by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of a $3.92 billion housing stabilization fund passed by Congress this summer to help cities and neighborhoods particularly hard hit by the growing foreclosure crisis.
In Massachusetts, the state government received $43.5 million, the city of Boston $4.23 million, Springfield $2.57 million, Worcester $2.39 million, and Brockton received $2.15 million.
The funding, originating from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, will help state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties in an effort to stabilize neighborhoods and stop falling home values.
"To those areas trying to recover from the effects of foreclosure and declining property values, help is on the way,'' HUD Secretary Steve Preston said. "Clearly, the intent is to put this money to work in communities with the highest need and to have a meaningful impact.''