Three city housing developments are among seven state-funded public housing developments and 561 public housing units in which the state is investing $10 million. The funding is part of the Governor’s overall 10-year $420 million commitment to expand and revitalize affordable housing across the state, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
“Nearly 60 percent of the state’s public housing supply is more than 30 years old—it is deteriorating, it isn’t safe for families, and in some cases it is uninhabitable,” Malloy said. “My commitment to public housing is clear—we’ve invested $150 million in this biennial budget, and over nine years we will invest an additional $270 million. This support will restore leadership on this important issue and ensure we have safe, secure housing for Connecticut’s low-income families.”
Through a new initiative called State Housing Rehabilitation & Preservation, this first round of funding will be used for the rehabilitation or redevelopment of existing properties. Priority is given to housing developments with long-term operating plans that bring formerly vacant units back online, and in which the improvements will create safe and sustainable communities.
- Middletown Housing Authority has been awarded $3,000,000 that will go toward 198 units of moderate rental housing for families in three developments: , , and .
Funding will be used to expand existing units, as well as handicapped accessibility modifications; modernization upgrades; repair/replacement of heating and electrical systems; improvements to enhance energy usage and savings (insulation, roofing, windows); security and fire system upgrades; and site improvements such as paving and sidewalk repair.
In Connecticut, there are 348 state-funded public housing properties with 14,132 units. The units serve a variety of households who are at or below 80 percent of the local area median income.
SHRP, jointly developed by the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Housing and Finance Authority, is a competitive initiative that provides funding to eligible sponsors to address capital improvements. The program is co-administered by both agencies. Visit www.decd.org or www.chfa.org for more information