While much of the funding appropriated under the nearly $4B ARPA Bill (formally, Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021) signed this month by Gov. Charlie Baker goes to underserved communities, Natick has not been left out, and that includes those in town most negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the state revenue surplus and federal programs.
Natick’s $500,000-plus chunk includes the following:
- not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the town of Natick to improve the town’s website, enhance the town’s remote meeting capabilities and provide technological upgrades within the town hall building and other town buildings for remote meetings and remote participation
- not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the town of Natick to conduct a study on improving the integration and accessibility of human services in the town
- not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Natick Housing Authority to provide upgrades at housing facilities, including improvements related to kitchens, generators emergency management, and accessibility
- not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Natick public schools for after-school tutoring support and mental health services
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