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Governor presents West Rutland with $175,000 grant

WEST RULAND - Governor Jim Douglas presented the Town of West Rutland with a grant for $175,000 at a ceremony last week.

The grant, funded by state taxpayers, is from the Vermont Community Development Program to fund NeighborWorks of Western Vermont's low interest loan program for housing rehabilitation in Rutland, Bennington, and Addison counties.

"Work being done by NeighborWorks is important," said Douglas at the awards ceremony.

The NWWVT home rehabilitation program focuses on heath, safety, weatherization, and structural issues of homes. The grant will enable NWWVT to continue making low interest rehab loans to income eligible homeowners in three counties, a program that has run since 1986. in addition to the home rehab program, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, formerly Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Services, has programs for Homeownership and Emergency Shelter Services.

Other Community Development awards went to the towns of Killington, Rutland City, Lyndonville, and Bennington.

Joel Pliner of NWWVT, who accepted the grant on behalf of West Rutland said, "We're proud of what we do and grateful to the program for support."

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a non profit community development organization serving Rutland, Addison and Bennington counties. They work to develop the self reliance of individuals and focus on sustainable homeownership through education, counseling, technical, and financial services.

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