- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Five New Hampshire communities have been approved to receive nearly $1.9 million in grants toward affordable housing projects and repairs.

The grants approved by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority are going to Grafton County, the towns of Conway and Allenstown, and the cities of Claremont and Concord. They await final approval from the Executive Council.

One of the larger grants, for $500,000, goes to Allenstown to construct a new Suncook Boys & Girls Club. The new clubhouse will double the number of children served in the community. In July, the authority awarded $700,000 in investment tax credits toward the $1.6 million initiative.

Other grants will support energy efficient apartments, housing for seniors and those with developmental disabilities and water system replacement.

In Claremont, $300,000 will go to replace the water system at the Pleasant Valley Estates Cooperative. Its 50-year-old pipes have experienced 12 leaks in the past 18 months and sediment has been getting into the drinking water.

“All of these projects have demonstrated they will positively impact the lives of children, families, and seniors throughout New Hampshire,” said Kevin Flynn, a spokesman for the authority. “These federal grants will benefit 283 residents, 77 percent of whom are of low-to-moderate income.”

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