Two area towns are receiving Community Development Block Grants under the Small Cities Program. Bethel will receive $800,000 for the Reynolds Ridge Senior Housing complex. Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein the Bethel Housing Authority will create two handicapped accessible units, replace interior and exterior doors, replace windows and make energy efficiency improvements at the 80 units.
Southbury has been awarded $400,000, and will be undertaking its first Housing Rehabilitation program. The plan calls for rehabilitating 12 units by replacing roofs, heating systems, and windows. Lead paint and asbestos removal along with electrical and code upgrades will also be made.
Klein says the grants help facilitate projects to enhance a community. That's done in a number of ways including developing or preserving affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable residents in our communities, and creating and retaining jobs.
Klein says Connecticut is making critical investments in housing that will have a lasting effect on individuals, families, and communities. The CDBG Small Cities program uses federal funds allocated to Connecticut by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.