Representatives of the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) were on hand for the announcement that the Malden Housing Authority would be receiving a $6.695 million grant from the state to make capital improvements to the Forestdale Public Housing Development on Forest Street. During the ceremony, four communities were awarded grants totaling $18 million, Malden Housing Authority’s was the largest.
MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke and MRA HOME Director Dee Bireddy joined state and city officials at the event, including Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Secretary of Elder Affairs, the Undersecretary for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Mayor Gary Christenson, State Senator Jason Lewis, State Representatives Steve Ultrino and Paul Brodeur and City Councillors Neil Kinnon and Barbara Murphy. The Forestdale Public Housing Development is located in Councillor Murphy’s ward.
Steve Finn, Executive Director of the Malden Housing Authority, thanked his staff and his partners in this program including the City of Malden, which is providing some matching funds, as well as Mystic Valley Elder Services and Cambridge Health Alliance who will be providing services to improve the quality of life for tenants in the development. Mystic Valley Elder Services and Cambridge Health Alliance have been public service providers under the Community Development Block Grant program administered by the MRA on behalf of the City of Malden.
Malden Housing Authority Executive Director Steve Finn,
MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke and
Mayor Gary Christenson on hand for grant announcement
MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke speaks with
representatives from Mystic Valley Elder Services