SHIRLEY -- Have you noticed the need for improvements in the town's housing, roadways, sidewalks, municipal buildings, public parks or other areas? Instead of sharing on Facebook or complaining to your friends, you can help Shirley earn a valuable community development grant by completing a brief, confidential survey about needed improvements. Your answers and ideas will help town leaders prioritize projects and submit a grant application to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The survey can be completed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/6VLPGD2 or via the town website at www.shirley-ma.gov. A printed version can be filled out at the town clerk's office, Hazen Memorial Library, Shirley Senior Center and Main Street and Fidelity bank branches in Shirley. Completed surveys are due by Friday, Sept. 28.

The CDBG program is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet their community development needs. Grants of up to $800,000 are available for projects including housing rehabilitation, housing development, improvements to public infrastructure (water, sewer, roadways, etc.) and municipal facilities (buildings, parks, cemeteries, etc.), economic development assistance, downtown revitalization, and improved access for people with disabilities.


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More information about CDBG grants plus survey results and analysis will be discussed with residents at a series of public meetings to be held in November and December. Thoughtful input from community residents is a required first step in the application process.