Three affordable housing projects get state grant

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Affordable housing projects in Springfield, Johnson and Bellows Falls will be getting big boosts thanks to nearly $6 million in grants.

Vermont Deputy Housing Commissioner Tayt Brooks presented a $3.5 milliondollar grant to buy and rehabilitate the 41-unit Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls. The building had been foreclosed on.

Springfield Housing Unlimited and Housing Vermont was also given a $1 million grant to help restore the historic Ellis Block building, which was almost completely destroyed by a fire last summer.

And a $1.4 million grant to the Lamoille Housing Partnership and Housing Vermont will help redevelop a vacant building in downtown Johnson into 24 new affordable rental units.

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