CNI News - Press Coverage

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CHFA LogoCHFA Announces $8.08 Million To Support The Development of Affordable Housing In Four Connecticut Communities
For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018

Funds Support Development of Affordable Housing in East Haven, Hartford, Montville, Norwalk

HARTFORD, CT - The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) today announced the approval of $8.08 million in Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The tax credits will generate $79.9 million in equity from private investors for six proposed affordable multifamily housing developments in four Connecticut communities.

The developments will create 377 rental units: 296 designated as affordable and 81 designated as market rate. The redevelopment of these properties is projected to generate 704 jobs in construction and related fields, $170.2 million in economic activity and $14.6 million in net state revenue.

"Increasing access to affordable housing for the people of Connecticut has been a priority for my administration since day one," Governor Malloy said. "By leveraging federal dollars and partnering with the private sector, we've been able to spur economic growth and development, while making Connecticut a more attractive place to live and work."

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Housing and Urban Development logoResilient Housing and Infrastructure in Norwalk, Connecticut
By HUD - Wednesday, October 2017

2017 Choice Neighborhoods SPOTLIGHT - Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused extensive damage to communities across Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. This damage highlights the importance of designing and building housing that is resilient to natural disasters. South Norwalk, a Choice Neighborhood, had its own experience with 2012's Superstorm Sandy, as well as persistent flooding. As a result, the Choice Neighborhoods Grantee and their partners are incorporating resiliency into their housing and neighborhood efforts.

In 2014, the Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency were awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the neighborhood of South Norwalk. Part of their Transformation Plan is focused on re-designing the Washington Village public housing development and the surrounding neighborhood with resiliency in mind. The eastern portion of the neighborhood is close to the harbor and lies in a 100-year flood plain. This community suffers from persistent, property-damaging flooding.

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The HourDupervil elected to Norwalk Housing Authority board
By Robert Koch - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Photo of Rahoul DupervilNORWALK - Rahoul Dupervil, a leader of the local Haitian-American community and longtime member of the city's Human Relations Commission, has been elected to serve as tenant commissioner on the Norwalk Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Balloting was held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall and the South Norwalk Branch Library with assistance from the Norwalk League of Women Voters. Turnout was low among the roughly 4,000 public-housing authority tenants eligible to vote.

"I want this job because I'm the guy who's really passionate about tenant housing," Dupervil, a resident of the Housing Authority complex at 20 West Ave., said Wednesday. "If there's anything I can do to make the tenants more satisfied of the service that's provided to them, that's what I'm going to be there for."

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The HourCNI Office Flooded
By T. Ivers - Sunday, January 7, 2018

NORWALK — On Sunday morning, January 7th, the coldest day this winter, a pipe froze and burst on the unoccupied fourth floor at 149 Water Street, The NHA Choice Neighborhoods Initiative office. The pipe burst in the early morning hours and water cascaded throughout the building for hours. The Norwalk Fire Department was contacted by a neighbor who noticed water pouring out of the sides of the building. They were able to turn off the water but not before substantial damage was done.

The CNI team has been relocated temporarily to the Smilow Life Center at the corner of Chestnut Street and Merritt Place. Contact phone numbers remain the same for Case Management and NHA staff. It is estimated the repairs will take 2-3 months to complete.

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The HourOpen Door Shelter opens new Smilow Life Center
By R.A. Schuetz - Sunday, November 5, 2017

NORWALK — People milled about before 55 Chestnut St. as the sunlight shining on the new building bounced back at them, bathing their smiles in a radiant glow. The marketing director of the Open Door Shelter, Erin McDonough, carried a ball of red ribbon, and Executive Director Jeannette Archer-Simons greeted board members and politicians.

Six months after construction began, the sparkling new Open Door Shelter facility was complete. Named the Smilow Life Center, the former glue-trap factory had been transformed into 14 apartments for homeless and working poor individuals, two medical respite units, a health center and space for a job training program. People will begin moving in this month.

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