BOSTON – State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) is pleased to announce that the Town of Norfolk is the recipient of a $50,000 Planning for Housing Production Grant from MassHousing as well as has been selected to receive special Housing Choice Designation from the Baker-Polito Administration. The grant and designation are a part of the Administration’s newly rolled out “Housing Choice Initiative.” The Town of Norfolk was one of 15 communities to receive a grant and one of 67 communities to be designated a Housing Choice Community at a ceremony at the State House in Boston on May 14th celebrating the first municipalities to participate in the program.
The Planning for Housing Production Grant is designed to help Norfolk meet its housing goals in a way that is consistent with its local agenda. The funds are aimed towards assisting the town in exploring ways to leverage its town center and commuter rail access to develop smart and sustainable housing growth for the future. Along with the grant, the Town will also be able to receive specialized technical expertise and planning services from MassHousing as it works towards achieving these goals.
By becoming a Housing Choice Community, the Town of Norfolk, along with the other participating communities, will also have exclusive access to new financial resources such as Housing Choice Capital Grants and preferred access to many other important state programs like MassWorks, Complete Streets, MassDOT capital projects, and PARC and LAND grants.
“I was so proud to stand with Town Administrator Hathaway and Town Planner McCarthy today to receive these grants for the Town of Norfolk” said Dooley. “The Town has worked extensively on securing this new line of funding for our residents, and I was excited to be able to play an active role in this endeavor. Since day one on the job, I have been a strong advocate for ensuring that the state government return as much of our taxpayers’ money as possible to our municipalities, and today is another step in that direction. The technical and monetary assistance we will receive from this grant will go a long way towards ensuring smart growth in Norfolk in the years to come. I thank the Baker-Polito Administration for believing in our community.”