- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Lincoln Chafee says 26 Rhode Island municipalities will receive nearly $5.3 million in grants to improve their neighborhoods.

The state manages the community development grant program for municipalities that don’t receive funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state distributes money from HUD to these towns.

This year many of the grants aim to increase the supply of housing available for low and moderate-income families and to further economic development projects in distressed neighborhoods.

Chafee says the grants will help municipalities offer more housing and create economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders.

Burrillville and Central Falls are each slated to receive $550,000. West Warwick was awarded $530,000 and Tiverton was given about $520,000. The grants still have to be approved by the municipalities.

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