SHELTON, Conn. -- Shelton and Trumbull have been awarded $800,000 apiece under a state grant program designed to help small municipalities enhance housing availability and increase economic development.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein announced last week that nearly $13 million is being allocated to 21 municipalities in Connecticut to provide upgrades and improvements to the state’s affordable housing stock and infrastructure.
Awarded under the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities program, which is administered by the DOH with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grants are awarded to small towns that have a population below 50,000 residents to advance projects that develop and preserve affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable residents in their communities and create and retain jobs.
Klein said 12 of the grants will be used for public housing modernizations, seven for housing rehabilitation programs, one for a public facilities project and one for a service program.
“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,” Malloy said. “These are investments in our neighborhoods, in the people who live here and in our economic future.”
The Shelton grant will be used to complete a modernization project at the Helen Devaux Housing Complex.
The town, in cooperation with the Shelton Housing Authority, will make exterior improvements at the facility, including replacing the roof, asphalt shingles, siding assembly, windows and doors, along with the installation of canopies at common entrances.
The Trumbull grant will be utilized to enable the Trumbull Housing Authority to install ductless split heat pumps in each of the 186 units at the Stern Village Senior Housing Complex.
The pumps will make life more comfortable for residents by providing both heating and air conditioning, and will significantly reduce monthly electricity costs for the low to moderate income residents.
“These grants are available to Connecticut residents who, without this financial assistance, would be unable to make important repairs to their homes such as leaky roofs, replacing inefficient windows and other structural repairs,” Klein said. “These grants will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
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