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Klein, DOH Offer New Round of HOMEConnecticut Grants

10 October 2013

Aware that an increasing number of municipalities are actively seeking to create smaller, denser, more affordable homes for downsizing Baby Boomers, Millennials, municipal workers and others, the state announced Oct. 10th that it will provide a new round of HOMEConnecticut pre-development funding and encouraged cities and towns to apply by Jan. 31.

The new round of $20,000 grants are designed to assist municipalities and developers with the identification of sites, legal work, design work and other tasks necessary in the creation of Incentive Housing Zones. The first round of grant awards went to 10 municipalities: Ridgefield, Brookfield, Stonington, N. Stonington, Haddam, Durham, Milford, Fairfield, Canton and Burlington.The state issued the following release:

Dear Mayors, First Selectmen, and Town Managers:

Department of Housing is pleased to announce a second round of pre-development funding under the Incentive Housing Zone (aka HomeCT) program and those towns seriously considering applying are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2014.  Please note that resolutions from the Legislative Body and Zoning Commission are required and therefore, municipalities are encouraged to schedule meetings to have these resolutions in place before this deadline.

The availability of additional funds in the amount of $2.0 million is for pre-development costs associated with the Incentive Housing Zone program.  DOH is seeking applications from municipalities who wish to create Incentive Housing Zones or assist private developers with their incentive housing development that will result in the creation of mixed-income housing units. 

The applications must meet the criteria established by CGS Section 8-13 (m-x), as amended.  Under the first round of pre-development funding, DOH awarded 10 municipalities with $20,000 for various activities such as drafting IHZ regulations, design standards, identifying parcels, outreach, etc. so that these municipalities can identify locations for creation of IHZs and adopt the IHZ regulations that will facilitate in creation of affordable housing.

Pre-Development Grant Application and Instructions provides details such as types of pre-development costs allowed, criteria to be used to prioritize applications, required documents, etc.  This application is available at the following link (scroll down to “Application Process” at this link and the first link is the application):

http://www.ct.gov/doh/cwp/view.asp?a=4513&Q=530592

If you have questions about this announcement, you can contact Dimple Desai at (860) 270-8012 or by email at dimple.desai@ct.gov.

Evonne Klein
Commissioner
Department of Housing

If The Partnership can assist municipalities or developers in any way, please feel free to contact David Fink, Policy Director, 860-244-0066 or david@pschousing.org.

 

The press release is available here.