Three nonprofits to share $827,000 in federal grant

Three NeighborWorks network organizations, including in one in Fitchburg, have been awarded $827,000 in federal funding, according to a press release issued by U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.

The organizations that will receive the grants are NewVue Communities in Fitchburg, which will receive $300,000, the Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, which will receive $220,000, and Lawrence Community Works, which will receive $307,000, according to the Tuesday press release.

“I am thrilled that the Coalition for a Better Acre, NewVue Communities, and Lawrence Community Works are recipients of NeighborWorks funding this year,” Trahan said. “These three organizations provide critical support to their communities and are actively working to keep families healthy and housed during these challenging times. Strengthening our community-based partners is more important than ever as we continue to navigate this pandemic, and I am proud to see these outstanding organizations receive this critical support.”

The funding will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods and create jobs in Massachusetts.

All three organizations are part of the national NeighborWorks America network. NeighborWorks America is a nonprofit organization, established by Congress in 1978 as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, according to the release.

For over 40 years, NeighborWorks America has supported local solutions to community development and affordable housing challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities by providing organizations with financial support, training, technical assistance, organizational assessments, technology tools and other services.

“NewVue Communities thanks Congresswoman Trahan for her support for NeighborWorks America and NewVue Communities,” Marc Dohan, executive director of NewVue Communities said. “This has been a very difficult year for many residents of our community. This flexible funding from NeighborWorks America will allow NewVue to help residents overcome the financial challenges of the pandemic, stay in their homes, and help struggling small businesses survive.”