On Thursday, June 28, 2018, Governor Dannel Malloy and the Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein announced that 16 towns and cities have been awarded $10.5 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program. The Small Cities program funds are allocated to towns with fewer than 50,000 residents and aim to support local communities’ housing and economic development projects.
According to Governor Malloy, “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…These are investments in our neighborhoods, in the people who live here, and in our economic future.”
Commissioner Klein pointed out that “these awards will help to improve the lives of Connecticut residents…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 town receiving grants, ranging from $400,000 to $800,000 are as follows: Cheshire, Farmington, Guilford, Killingly, Madison, Shelton, Southington, South Windsor, Sprague, Stafford, Suffield, Torrington, Trumbull, Voluntown, Wethersfield, and Windham.
The communities plan to utilize the funding for their housing rehabilitation programs to renovate existing housing units for low income to moderate income individuals, improve the functionality, accessibility, and energy efficiency of current units.
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