Gov. Malloy Announces $13 Million in Small Cities Grants to 21 Municipalities to Enhance Housing Availability, Increase Economic Development
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein today announced that nearly $13 million is being awarded to 21 municipalities in Connecticut to provide important upgrades and improvements to the state's affordable housing stock and infrastructure.
Awarded under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program, which is administered by DOH with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grants are awarded to small towns that have a population below 50,000 residents to advance projects that develop and preserve affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable residents in their communities, and also create and retain 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 program allows us to provide aid to some of our smaller towns for a variety of important projects. This year, we awarded a total of 21 grants. Twelve will fund public housing modernizations, seven will fund housing rehabilitation programs, one will fund a public facilities project, and one will fund a public service program," Commissioner Klein said. "These grants are available to Connecticut residents who, without this financial assistance, would be unable to make important repairs to their homes such as leaky roofs, replacing inefficient windows, and other structural repairs. These grants will have a lasting impact for years to come."
"From Killingly to Trumbull, these federal dollars will help local communities improve their housing and provide critical services that will allow folks throughout Connecticut to provide for their families and live healthier lives," the members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation said in a joint statement.
The grant recipients announced today include:
- Ansonia - $400,000 - Housing Rehabilitation Program: The city will use the funding to continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their homes. A total of ten housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated. Work to be done will include roof replacement, heating system upgrades, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, electrical, and building code upgrades.
- Ashford - $56,847.34 - Food Bank Program: The Town will administer a food bank program and distribute boxes of food on a monthly basis to Ashford's lower income families. The program currently has thirty-seven households receiving food distributions.
- Cheshire - $400,000 - Cheshire Housing Rehabilitation: The town plans to rehabilitate 10 low and moderate-income households. Work to be done will include roof replacements, furnace and heating systems replacements, plumbing and electrical upgrades, window and door replacements, septic system repairs, and energy efficiency upgrades.
- Colchester - $800,000 - Dublin Village ADA & Capital Improvements: The town will upgrade 40 existing bathrooms that are in poor or dilapidated condition. This project is a complete rehabilitation of all bathrooms in the complex. Work will also consist of the reconstruction of existing site work to improve pedestrian safety (new sidewalks, curb repair, tree removal, energy efficient site lighting fixtures, and on-site wayfinding signs). All upgrades will be ADA compliant.
- Durham - $700,000 - Mauro Meadows Housing Complex: This project will allow for energy improvements and upgrades to the exterior of several buildings. Improvements include: roof replacements, siding replacements, exterior windows replacements, entrance and storm door replacements. Two outdated ADA housing units will also be upgraded and a new generator will be installed.
- East Granby - $800,000 - Roofing Site and Energy Improvements at Metacomet Village: Work will includes a full roof replacement of the seven residential buildings and one garage. Installation of new energy efficient propane powered boilers will be completed for all 72 affordable housing units. The site work will include the replacement of pavements and sidewalks to be ADA compliant.
- East Windsor - $599,000 - ADA Fire Safety & Emergency Improvements at Park Hill Elderly Housing project: This project involves the replacement of a 40 year old non-compliant and antiquated fire alarm system to a new state-of-the-art centralized Call-for-Aid system. The new system will include emergency service devices for the hearing impaired. The project also includes the complete renovations of the laundry rooms to meet ADA accessibility guidelines. The laundry room upgrades will ultimately allow for increased usage and capacity. The one-site property generator will also be replaced.
- Ellington - $450,000 - Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: The town will use this funding to continue its Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners in the towns of Ellington, Somers, Suffield, and Windsor Locks to rehabilitate their homes. A total of twelve housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated. Work to be done will include roof replacement, heating system upgrades, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, as well as electrical and building code upgrades.
- Granby - $800,000 - Improvements at Salmon Brook Apartments Senior Housing Complex: Salmon Brook Associates Limited Partnerships of Granby will rehabilitate and renovate the 32 unit elderly housing complex. Renovations include site work and sidewalk improvements, energy efficiency upgrades, improved accessibility, and security system upgrades.
- Groton - $800,000 - Pequot Village I and II Elderly Housing Renovations: The town of Groton and the Groton Housing Authority will complete renovations and capital improvements at Pequot Village Elderly Housing, a 64-unit affordable housing complex. Improvements include exterior and storm door replacements, kitchen cabinet and countertop replacements, flooring replacements, bathroom upgrades, interior painting, replacement and relocation of water heaters, and asbestos abatement as needed.
- Hampton - $450,000 - Hampton Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program: Hampton is continuing its regional housing rehabilitation program in Hampton, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Scotland, Pomfret, and Eastford, with plans to rehabilitate 14 low- and moderate-income households. Work to be done will include roof replacements, heating system upgrades, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, as well as electrical and building code upgrades.
- Killingly - $800,000 - Maple Court Congregate Rehabilitation Project: The town, in cooperation with the Killingly Housing Authority, will replace the kitchen cabinets, countertops, sinks, refrigerators and closet doors in all 43 affordable housing units at Maple Court. The project will also include replacement of exterior doors with ADA compliant entry ways, the replacement of commercial kitchen equipment, installation of new flooring, and upgrades to the elevator and emergency generator, and the installation of a new fire alarm system.
- Rocky Hill - $800,000 - Harold J. Murphy Senior Housing Improvements: This project includes a roof and gutter replacement, masonry repairs around the site, the replacement of entrance doors with ADA compliant hardware, the replacement of storm and screen doors, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, the installation of new building code compliant fire alarm system, community room renovations, and the conversion of 3 affordable housing units to be fully ADA accessible.
- Seymour - $400,000 - Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: The town will use the funding to continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their homes. A total of ten (10) housing units are expected to be rehabilitated. Renovations will include roof replacement, heating system upgrades, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, electrical work, and building code upgrades.
- Shelton - $800,000 - Helen Devaux Housing Complex-Public Housing Modernization: The town, in cooperation with the Shelton Housing Authority, will make exterior improvements at the Helen Devaux Housing Complex. Improvements will include roof replacement, asphalt shingle replacement, siding assembly replacement, window and doors replacement, and the installation of canopies at common entrances.
- Southbury - $400,000 - Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: The town will use the funding to continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their homes. A total of ten (10) housing units are expected to be rehabilitated. This project will include roof replacement, heating system upgrades, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, electrical work, and building code upgrades.
- Sprague - $500,000 - River Street Reconstruction - 1st and 2nd Avenue: The town will reconstruct deteriorated street and sidewalks in the River Street area in the Baltic neighborhood. The streets will be reconstructed with a permeable interlocking concrete pavement road surface to help promote storm water infiltration and reduce surface runoff. New concrete sidewalks and curbing will be installed to provide a pedestrian connection between residences and nearby stores and public facilities.
- Trumbull - $800,000 - Stern Village Senior Housing Complex: The Trumbull Housing Authority will install ductless split heat pumps in each of the 186 units at Stern Village Senior Housing Complex. The pumps will make life more comfortable for residents by providing both heating and air conditioning and will significantly reduce monthly electricity costs for the low to moderate income residents.
- Voluntown - $700,000 - Greenwood Manor Public Housing Modernization: The town, in cooperation with the Voluntown Housing Authority, will complete a number of fire alarm system, handicap accessibility, and infrastructure deficiency upgrades throughout the 20 unit affordable housing complex. Two one-bedroom units will be converted to be handicap accessible and ADA compliant. Community hydro pneumatic water tanks will also be installed on site.
- Wallingford - $800,000 - McGuire Court Improvement project: The town, in cooperation with the Wallingford Housing Authority, will complete fire safety upgrades, roof replacements, and on site general improvements. Fire safety improvements include the installation of commercial fire alarm panels and smoke detectors in all of the housing units. The community room generator will also be replaced and upgrades will be made to existing sidewalks.
- Woodbury - $400,000 - Housing Rehabilitation Program: The town will administer a Housing Rehabilitation program and plans to rehabilitate 10 units of low- and moderate-income housing. Upgrades will include heating systems repairs, window replacement, lead paint removal, septic system repairs, and energy efficiency upgrades.