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Gov. Malloy Appoints Klein As New Housing Commissioner

 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday, February 14, 2013 that Evonne Klein, the first selectwoman of Darien from 2003 to 2009, is his choice as the state’s new Commissioner of Housing.  “I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Evonne for a number of years,” Malloy said, recalling his 14 years as mayor of Stamford, “and I’ve been witness to her dedication, work ethic and leadership capabilities.”

 Klein spearheaded new affordable housing development in Darien, the creation of an affordable housing advisory committee and an affordable housing plan for the town. She also oversaw development of an inclusionary zoning regulation for the town. Klein will oversee the new department, which was funded in the governor’s proposed biennial budget as a means to consolidate housing programs now spread among the Departments of Economic and Community Development, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Services, Children and Families, and the Office of Policy and Management.

Malloy has invested more in affordable housing creation than any governor in two decades. Previous to his current budget proposal, he has shepherded through more than $500 million in new capital and spending for supportive housing to end homelessness, affordable housing for workers, families, young professionals and the elderly, municipal incentives for mixed-income housing creation, congregate housing as an alternative to more expensive nursing home care and preservation of 14,000 existing affordable units that needed substantial rehabilitation to remain habitable. 

“Affordable housing is integral to driving economic development and growing jobs in our state,” Malloy said at the afternoon press conference. “When we invest in housing, we invest in people, communities and our economic future…Stable housing affects the quality of our neighborhoods, the education of our kids, the health of our citizens and the opportunity for individuals and families to live in thriving communities. It is the right thing to do for our residents and the smart things to do for our future.”

A copy of the Governor’s press release can be found HERE.

 

Read about the nomination at the CT Mirror.

 

 
 

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