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07/30/2015

Gov. Malloy Announces $12 Million in Small Cities Grants to 22 Municipalities to Enhance Local Communities, Increase Economic Development

(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein today announced that 22 municipalities in Connecticut have been approved to receive nearly $12 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program awards from the state that will provide important upgrades and improvements to their local communities.

Under the program, eligible applicants include smaller towns that have a population of not more than 50,000 residents.  The grants are awarded to the municipalities to facilitate projects that will enhance their communities in a variety of ways, including developing or preserving affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable residents in our communities, and creating and retaining jobs.

"These projects will help so many local communities increase quality of life and make our state an even more attractive place to live, work and do business," Governor Malloy said.  "These are investments in our neighborhoods, in the people who live here, and in our economic future."

The CDBG Small Cities program is administered by DOH using federal funds allocated to Connecticut by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Funding criteria for the state-administered program are developed in an open and public process, and are submitted for review and approval each year by the legislature's Appropriations, Housing, and Planning and Development Committees.

"The CDBG program is a great opportunity for our smaller towns to apply for, and receive, funding for important projects in their communities," Commissioner Klein said.  "When the improvements to these homes are completed, it will have a positive impact on the residents who live there.  In the State of Connecticut, we are making critical investments in housing that will have a lasting effect on individuals, families, and communities for years to come."

The grant recipients include:

  • Ansonia - $400,000: Ansonia will continue its Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 10 units of low- and moderate-income housing. Upgrades are expected to include heating systems repairs, window replacement, lead paint removal, septic system repairs and energy efficiency upgrades for low and moderate income families.
  • Bethel - $800,000: Reynolds Ridge Senior Housing. The Bethel Housing Authority will undertake renovations at Reynolds Ridge Senior Housing Complex, creating two handicapped accessible units, replacing interior and exterior doors, replacing windows, and improving energy efficiencies in 80 units of housing.
  • East Haddam - $800,000: Phase II Oak Grove Senior Housing Complex. East Haddam Housing Authority will make further improvements to the 36-unit Oak Grove Senior Housing Complex, which includes site-work improvements, kitchen upgrades, and energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Essex - $635,000: Essex Court Senior Housing Complex. Essex Housing Authority plans to upgrade its existing septic system. The work will also include kitchen upgrades and energy efficient appliances.
  • Hampton - $450,000: Hampton Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program is continuing its regional housing rehabilitation program in Hampton, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Scotland, Pomfret, and Eastford, with plans to rehabilitate 12 units of low- and moderate-income housing. Upgrades will include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Jewett City - $800,000: Ashland Manor Senior Housing Phase IV. The Borough of Jewett City and the Griswold Housing Authority intend to complete renovations at Ashland Manor Senior Housing, a 30-unit complex.  Improvements include converting 12 studios to one bedroom units.
  • Killingly - $400,000: Killingly plans to continue its Housing Rehabilitation program and rehabilitate 14 units of low- and moderate-income housing.  The rehabilitation will include code upgrades and lead based paint removal.
  • Lebanon - $400,000: Lebanon is continuing its Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 12 units of low- and moderate-income housing.  Upgrades will include septic system repairs, roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, electrical, and code upgrades.
  • Ledyard - $400,000: Ledyard will continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners repair their homes.  Fifteen housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated.  Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Lisbon - $400,000: Lisbon is undertaking its first Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 10 units. Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Litchfield - $800,000:  Bantam Falls Senior Housing Renovations. The Litchfield Housing Authority will undertake the following renovations at the 36 unit Bantam Falls Senior Housing development:  roof replacement, parking and roadway resurfacing, and boiler upgrades.
  • Montville - $400,000: Montville is undertaking its first Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 10 units of low- and moderate-income homes. Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Plainville - $400,000:  Plainville will continue its Housing Rehabilitation Program and assist 13 low- and moderate-income homeowners. The assistance is used to correct health and safety issues such as lead based paint, ADA deficiencies, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Simsbury - $775,580: Dr. Owen L Murphy Apartments and Virginia Connelly Senior Residences Project: Simsbury Housing Authority will undertake site improvements at Owen L Murphy Apartments and a roof replacement at Virginia Connelly Residences Project. Both properties include 110 affordable housing units serving seniors and the disabled.
  • Southbury - $400,000: Southbury is undertaking its first Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 12 units.  Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Southington - $400,000: Southington is undertaking a Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 12 units.  Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Stonington - $800,000: Edythe K. Richmond Senior Housing: The Stonington Housing Authority will renovate the Edythe K. Richmond Senior Housing Complex, which has 60 units of elderly housing.  Improvements include storm doors, windows, flooring upgrades, bathroom upgrades, and ADA compliance.
  • Thompson - $800,000: Gladys Green/Pineview Court Elderly Housing Complex Phase IV. The Thompson Housing Authority will renovate the Gladys Green/Pineview Court Elderly Housing Complex, which has 60 units of elderly housing.  Improvements include renovating bathrooms and kitchens for ADA compliance in addition to the laundry room in the Pineview Court units.
  • Torrington - $400,000: Torrington is continuing its Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 17 units of low- and moderate-income housing. The assistance is used to correct health and safety issues such as lead based paint, ADA deficiencies, electrical, and code upgrades.
  • Wethersfield - $633,946:  James Devlin Senior Housing Complex: Wethersfield Housing Authority will upgrade units at the James Devlin Senior Housing Complex.  Improvements include storm and interior doors, bathroom and kitchen upgrades, new radiators, and Energy Star hot water heaters.
  • Wolcott - $300,000:  Wolcott proposes to continue its successful Housing Rehabilitation program and repair approximately 10 units of low- and moderate-income units.  Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint removal, and electrical and code upgrades.
  • Woodstock - $400,000:  The town will continue its successful Housing Rehabilitation program and repair approximately 14 units of low- and moderate-income units. Upgrades are expected to include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint removal, electrical and code upgrades, and energy and weatherization improvements.
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