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06/28/2018

Gov. Malloy Announces $10.5M in Small Cities Grants Awarded to 16 Municipalities to Combat Blight, Improve Neighborhoods, Increase Development

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein today announced that $10.5 million is being awarded to 16 municipalities in Connecticut to provide infrastructure upgrades and improvements with the goal of combatting blight, improving neighborhoods, and increasing economic development.

Awarded through 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 given to small towns that have a population below 50,000 residents and will 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.”

“These awards will help to improve the lives of Connecticut residents,” Commissioner Klein said. “Whether it’s helping a family to complete essential renovations on their homes such as repairing a leaking roof, making a senior living facility ADA compliant, or improving the habitability of a domestic violence shelter – CDBG Small Cities funding is an important program. This federal funding is essential to low and moderate income residents and without these dollars, we would likely be unable to assist as many of our low and moderate income residents as they make these kinds of repairs.”

The 2018 CDBG Small Cities grant recipients announced today are as follows:

  • Cheshire – $400,000 – Housing Rehabilitation Program: The town will use this funding to continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their homes. A total of 12 housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated. Upgrades will include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, as well as electrical and code upgrades.
  • Farmington – $800,000 – New Horizons Village General Renovations: This is a unique housing community for low and moderate income persons with disabilities. This project aims to improve functionality, accessibility, and safety for the residents by upgrading to energy efficient windows, replacing non-code compliant railings and guards, installing new, wider energy efficient doors and associated accessories/hardware, installing new thermal sheathing under new vinyl siding, replacing building soffits, and increasing attic insulation.
  • Guilford – $400,000 – Housing Rehabilitation Program: The town will undertake the rehabilitation of approximately 10 low and moderate-income family homes in the community, making them safer and more livable. Anticipated work includes roof replacements, furnace and heating system replacements, plumbing and electrical upgrades, ADA compliance modifications, septic system repairs, and energy efficiency improvements such as window and door replacements.
  • Killingly – $700,000 – Domestic Violence Shelter Rehabilitation Project: The town, in conjunction with United Services Inc., will complete capital improvements on their 12-bed domestic violence shelter. The work includes a complete renovation of the property, with energy efficient improvements. The work will include replacing windows, doors, insulation, upgrades to plumbing, electrical upgrades, improvements to ensure code compliance, and a modification to the internal design of the facility to maximize space.
  • Madison – $800,000 – Concord Meadows (Madison Interfaith Residential Community): The town, in conjunction with Madison Interfaith Residential Community, will initiate the first phase of upgrades to this senior housing community beginning with the replacement of deteriorated windows with new energy efficient windows. This phase will also upgrade bathroom tubs in various units to be ADA compliant roll-in showers.
  • Shelton – $800,000 – Sinsabaugh Heights Public Housing Modernization: The city, in conjunction with the Shelton Housing Authority, will begin the modernization of this housing complex for seniors by upgrading the fire alarm system, installing new package terminal conditioning systems, storm and screen door replacements, and a new asphalt roofing system.
  • Southington – $800,000 – Zdunzyck Terrace Senior Housing Rehabilitation: The town will use this funding to renovate Zdunzyck Terrace, a 60-unit senior housing rental project. Renovations will focus primarily on ADA upgrades to the community room and six housing units, replacement of the vinyl siding, replacement of the electrical system, and the installation of new entry doors for each unit.
  • South Windsor – $800,000 – Wapping Mews Senior Housing Rehabilitation: The town will use this funding to renovate Wapping Mews Housing Complex, a 30-unit senior rental housing development. Renovations will focus primarily on ADA upgrades to the community room kitchen and bathroom along with upgrades to the kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and doors of each unit.
  • Sprague – $400,000 – Housing Rehabilitation Program: The town has identified and will undertake the rehabilitation of low and moderate income family homes in the community; making them safer and more livable. This is Sprague’s first Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. The work that is expected to be completed includes: roof replacements, furnace and heating system replacements, plumbing and electrical upgrades, ADA compliance modifications, septic system repairs, as well as energy efficiency improvements such as window and door replacements.
  • Stafford – $400,000 – Housing Rehabilitation Program: The town will use the funding to continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to help low and moderate-income homeowners rehabilitate their houses. A total of 10 housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated. Upgrades will include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, as well as electrical and code upgrades.
  • Suffield – $800,000 – Broder Place, Maple Court, and Laurel Court Housing Rehabilitation: The town will use the funding to renovate Broder Place, Maple Court, and Laurel Court. In total, all three developments consist of 70 rental housing units for seniors and the disabled population. Renovations will include installation of walk-in showers and automatic humidistats for the bathroom vents, replacement of water heaters, kitchen replacements at Laurel Court, and installation of handicapped accessible ramps at Broder Place.
  • Torrington – $400,000 – Housing Rehabilitation 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 12 housing units are anticipated to be rehabilitated. Upgrades will include roof replacement, heating systems, window replacement, lead paint and asbestos removal, as well as electrical and code upgrades.
  • Trumbull – $800,000 – Stern Village Phase II Energy Improvements: The town will use the funding to renovate Stern Village, a 222-unit senior rental housing development. Renovations will focus primarily on upgrading the windows to be more energy efficient.
  • Voluntown – $700,000 – Greenwood Manor Public Housing Modernization Phase II: The town, in conjunction with the Voluntown Housing Authority, will continue to modernize this development, which is in its final phase of repair. Work will include the expansion of two studio units to one-bedroom units, along with kitchen renovations and any associated plumbing and electrical upgrades. This community building will also undergo ADA compliance updates and the parking lot will be expanded in addition to walkway repairs and new exterior lighting.
  • Wethersfield – $778,210 – Harvey Fuller Senior Housing and Highvue Terrace Apartments Improvements: The town will use the funding to renovate Harvey Fuller Senior Housing Complex, a 32-unit senior rental housing development, and Highvue Terrace Apartments, a 28-unit housing community for low and moderate income individuals and families. Renovations at Harvey Fuller will include replacement of flooring, hot water heaters and shut off valves, mechanical baseboards and thermostats, exterior doors, toilets, and exterior siding and installation of a security system. Renovations at Highvue Terrace will include replacement of kitchen floors, kitchen cabinets, toilets, storm doors, and the installation of a new security system.
  • Windham – $800,000 – Nathan Hale Terrace Heating Replacement: The town will use this funding to replace the existing heating system with a more efficient system at Nathan Hale Terrace, a 100-unit rental housing community for low and moderate-income individuals and families. The proposed work will also include the removal of an underground storage tank.

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