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Vargas Says Help for Winnekenni Improvements, Violence Prevention and Home Feeding Bill

Residents of Haverhill are expected to benefit from hundreds of thousands of federal pandemic aid and state surpluses for local use.

State Representative Andy X. Vargas said the $ 3.82 billion House approved fills disparities made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, which has yet to be reconciled with a Senate version, aims to accelerate the recovery through one-time investments in housing, environment and climate change mitigation, economic development, workforce , health and social services and education.

“… This bill also provides strong accountability measures that allow the public to see where and how taxpayers’ money is being invested. Thanks to advocacy by many, the House bill also allocates $ 100 million to tackle combined sewer overflows, a major problem in Haverhill. I am also proud that we were able to secure over $ 700,000 in direct assistance to the needs of Haverhill, ”said Vargas.

The bill provides $ 100,000 for improvements to Winnekenni Castle and Park, $ 50,000 to Sacred Hearts Parish for its pantry, $ 50,000 to the One Haverhill Fund to help local social service agencies and provide emergency relief for families who do not qualify for existing programs; and $ 50,000 to Leaving the Streets ministries to help with violence prevention and street work to reduce gang violence.

As WHAV first reported this week, Vargas’ amendments to the House bill also include $ 250,000 for Haverhill Schools for repairs, capital improvements and safety upgrades and $ 200,000 for the purchase of a new electric school bus proposed by the member of the school committee Paul A. Magliocchetti.

Besides Vargas, representatives Linda Dean Campbell, Christina Minicucci and Lenny Mirra supported the plan.