CNI News - Press Coverage

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The HourDupervil elected to
Norwalk Housing Authority board

By Robert Koch - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Photo of January Flood DamageNORWALK — 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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