Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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The Town received funding through a regional FY2018 Community Development Block Grant for $725,000. The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements to Spring Street and to support domestic violence prevention services.

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The following are ongoing CDBG projects:

  • Housing Rehabilitation: The Ware River Valley Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program will make improvements to an estimated 17 eligible housing units in the region’s two target areas (13 in Warren and 4 in Ware). Improvements will include repair and/or replacement of basic building systems, lead and hazardous materials abatement, removal of architectural barriers, and corrections to sanitary code and building code violations in both owner-occupied and investor-owned units. It is expected that there will be approximately 32 low- and moderate-income beneficiaries assisted through this program. For more information, please contact Shirley Stephens at (413) 781-6045 or sstephens@pvpc.org.

Ware is also part of the regional social services, which include:

  • The Literacy Project (TLP)The Ware Adult Learning Center provides an integrated curriculum of Adult Basic Education, preparation for the High School Equivalency Test, and economic literacy to undereducated residents of the Ware River Valley, notably to reach the towns of Ware and Hardwick.
  • PATCH Program (Planned Approach to Community Health): PATCH provides staff in Ware and Hardwick who offer limited transportation to appointments and adult education, and limited childcare during appointments. Staff help prioritize, plan, and teach life management skills, offer interpersonal support, and mentoring to people in need.
  • Domestic Violence Task Force Program: This is a regional program throughout the Quaboag Valley area. The program is directed by a Community Task Force comprised of residents, as well as representatives from agencies that serve the region including, police, schools, courts, health workers, local faith leaders, domestic violence shelters and programs, and child care agencies. The Task Force will work on prevention initiatives, community education and outreach, providing support groups and individual domestic violence advocacy services for victims, and professional training and development for local schools and health workers.