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Crafters ' tables in Citizens Park, Summerfest, August 28, 2004
City Government
The Woburn Redevelopment Authority is an independent authority of the City of Woburn, organized under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 121B. The City of Woburn provides the Authority's annual operating budget.  

Funding Agencies
The conversion of vacant and underutilized space to residential use in three Woburn Square buildings is being funded in part through grants from the Housing Development Support Program (HDSP), administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

HDSP Program

The HDSP Program is one component of the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development.


The first HDSP project, the Pilgrim Building Redevelopment Project, also received long-term mortgage financing from Mass Development, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, through their Real Estate Loan Program.  

CDBG Program
Under the federal CDBG Program, cities over 50,000 in population, and cities which are considered to be the central cities within their metropolitan area, automatically receive an allocation of funds directly from HUD, which is determined by formula. Cities and towns such as Woburn which do not meet either of those thresholds can apply for funds on a competitive basis from the CDBG Small Cities Program, which is generally administered by the states. In Massachusetts, DHCD administers the Small Cities program, which they have subdivided into a number of funds and programs.  

The Woburn Square Streetlight Replacement Program was funded through a $400,000 grant from the CDBG Ready Resource Fund, and the current round of the Woburn Square Storefront Improvement Program through a $168,000 grant from the Community Development Fund.  

Local Organizations
The WRA has been pleased to encourage the work of two local community-based organizations which have become involved in sponsoring activities in Citizens Park in Woburn Square. The successful Citizens Park Concert Series, held in the summers of 2003 and 2004, and the Summerfest arts and crafts fair, held on August 28, 2004, were all very successful.  

SCI
Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is a Woburn-based community organization, founded in 2002, which is dedicated to increasing the involvement of citizens in their local communities. SCI is developing a Civic Welcome Wagon program for new residents, to help make it easier for newcomers to learn about and become involved in community activities.  

WREN
The Woburn Residents Environmental Network (WREN) is a "grassroots" organization of volunteers dedicated to preserving Woburn’s natural environment. WREN's monthly meeting is held at the Thomson Library, Elm Street, North Woburn, on the second Wednesday of each month.