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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $2.4 million in federal funding to revitalize neighborhoods and increase affordable housing throughout the state.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the funding from several programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Democrats say East Providence and Woonsocket will receive funding for new, affordable housing and projects to help the homeless.

East Providence and Woonsocket will split more than $1.9 million in this round of Community Development Block Grant funding. The program provides communities with federal funding to address a wide range of neighborhood development needs.

Reed says expanding access to affordable housing will build stronger and more stable communities and boost the economy.