- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is handing out $26 million in federally-funded grants to fund housing, transportation and other initiatives in dozens of smaller cities and towns.

The Community Development Block Grants are awarded to municipalities on a competitive basis to supplement local aid in the state budget.

On Thursday, Baker on Thursday handed out 33 block grants covering 65 cities and towns. He said they’ll help communities “solve local problems with local solutions.”

The administration said some of the grants will help rehabilitate hundreds of units of housing across the state, while another will fund a domestic violence initiative in several western Massachusetts towns.

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