Haverhill to Receive $850K in Federal Funds for Housing, Public Works Projects

Niki Tsongas (right) speaks during an event with former Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey. (File photograph)

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has secured more than $850,000 in federal funding for housing and public works projects in Haverhill, one of the cities she represents in the state’s Third District.

Issued as part of a Community Development Block Grant, the money will go to support city infrastructure and stimulate economic growth, Mayor James J. Fiorentini said.

“We are using (funds) to increase homeownership in Mount Washington and the Lower Acre, get parents quality daycare so they can work full-time and enforce health and safety codes for better, cleaner streets in our urban core,” Fiorentini said. “It would be difficult for the city to do these things otherwise.”

Lawrence, Lowell and Fitchburg also received grants advocated for by Tsongas.

The grant program “is one of the federal government’s most cost effective programs, enabling communities in my district, in Massachusetts and across America to leverage their resources to quickly respond to emerging needs,” Tsongas said. “They’re an excellent investment in our communities and provide benefits well into the future.”

Serving constituents in Haverhill since 2007, Tsongas announced earlier this year that she will not seek re-election when her term expires at the end of 2018. Haverhill’s Alexandra Chandler and Andover Sen. Barbara L’Italien are among those running to succeed her.