Town awarded $1.5M through housing grant

Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Selia Mosquera-Bruno announced that $13 million will be awarded to 13 municipalities in Connecticut. Funding, provided through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) small cities program will allow municipalities to provide infrastructure upgrades that will modernize and rehabilitate housing for low and moderate-income individuals.

“These grants go a long way toward improving neighborhoods so that we can make our communities more attractive and encourage continued growth for the benefit of all our residents,” Lamont said in a press release.

The CDBG Small Cities program is administered by DOH with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eligible projects must be in a municipality with fewer than 50,000 residents and have a focus on improving neighborhoods, eliminating blight, and attracting economic development. Projects can include aiding families in completing essential renovations such as repairing a leaking room, making senior living facilities ADA compliant, improving the habitability of a domestic violence shelter, and many more.

Plainville was awarded $1.5 million, which will be used by the town and the Plainville Housing Authority to begin work on Centerview Village and Woodmoor Manor. The project will include modernizing the housing complexes for seniors by replacing existing bathtubs in all 80 units with walk-in showers, and making ADA improvements to five kitchens.

“These awards will help to improve the lives of Connecticut residents,” Commissioner Mosquera-Bruno said in the release. “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.”

Funding was also awarded to Chester, Derby, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Groton, Guilford, Hebron, Madison, Trumbull, Wallingford, and Windham.