A public hearing April 29 gave the public a chance to respond to recommendations from the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) advisory committee.
Heading into the hearing, HAND was set to get the most money from the grants: $1.32 million for nine projects. Among them: $445,000 for helping low- to moderate-income residents fix their houses, $200,000 for administration, $100,000 for acquiring property for low-income housing and $10,000 to raze dilapidated properties.
Some applicants for grants, however, failed to win support from the committee, which is responsible for reviewing all proposals for the money that becomes available this fall.
Health Care Access, for example, had sought $12,000 for a pharmacy project, $7,365 for hiring a part-time pharmacy supply coordinator and $8,841 for a mobile screening program. The committee said no to all.
Habitat for Humanity applied for $28,550 to pay its executive director, plus another $5,600 for landscaping. The committee rejected both requests.
The city's own department of parks and recreation was rejected in its bid for money -- $12,000 for a brick sidewalk and $3,000 for a replacement gazebo -- at Watkins Park, which is just north of the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.