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Medford Secures $850K in Federal Funding to Transform Hegner Center into a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Site

Medford Secures $850K in Federal Funding to Transform Hegner Center into a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Site

Site will serve the community during emergencies, act as a resiliency hub, and host other community events and programs 

Project included in list of Appropriation Requests by Congresswoman Katherine Clark 


The City has secured $850,000 to help transform the Dorothy T. Hegner Center into a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness site serving the community, announced Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn. The funding is part of an $11M federal package for MA-5 community projects secured by Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

The Hegner Center site will be renovated into a community space that the City will use to coordinate emergency responses and will serve as a resiliency hub for residents during climate emergencies. The site will also host after-school programming through the City’s recreation department and other community-oriented events when not being used for emergencies.  

“Creating a trusted space where we can assist our community, especially our marginalized populations, in the case of emergencies has been a goal my administration has been working towards diligently,” said Mayor Lungo-Koehn. “Numerous City departments contributed to our application last spring, and this would not be possible without their help – including the Board of Health, Recreation Department, Outreach and Prevention, Planning, Development, and Sustainability, Facilities, and the staff in my office. Thank you to Congresswoman Clark for supporting this project and including it in her package of funding requests.”

The City, working with the Congresswoman’s office, crafted the application that highlighted the community’s need for a shared space with multiple functionalities that can serve as a meeting place during emergencies. 

“Our vision for the Hegner Center renovations will allow the City to respond and adapt quickly to a variety of emergency situations,” said MaryAnn O’Connor, Emergency Response Coordinator and Board of Health Director. “We will apply everything we’ve learned from the COVID-19 emergency to prepare ourselves and the community for the future thanks to this federal funding.” 

More details about the funding source and corresponding bill for this project are available here

  • Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness