Governor Rell, Rep. Simmons Announce $300,000 to Support Enfield Housing Rehabilitation Program

October 27, 2005

Governor M. Jodi Rell and Congressman Rob Simmons announced today that the state has awarded a $300,000 Small Cities grant to the town of Enfield to continue its housing rehabilitation program.

“Housing rehabilitation is critical to building stronger communities,” said Governor Rell. “This investment in improving affordable housing for the low to moderate income homeowners in Enfield will greatly improve their quality of life, as well as help them protect one of their most valuable assets-their homes.

“The town should be able to repair 12 housing units with this new funding. The money can be used for electrical upgrades, septic repairs, installation of new roofs and wells, and replacement of windows,” Governor Rell said.

“This is another example of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding providing critical assistance to our towns,” Congressman Simmons said. “This is the reason I defend the program and support higher levels of funding every year. It goes right to the community.”

“I would like to thank both Governor Rell and Congressman Simmons for their support of the people of Enfield,” said State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield). “This funding will help citizens with physical improvements to their individual homes, which in turn will strengthen the surrounding community and the town as a whole.”

The program has been in existence for over twenty years and has assisted close to one hundred property owners and tenants throughout the years.

The federally-funded Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program provides grants to eligible municipalities for economic development, affordable housing, community facilities and services, and revitalization of development projects. The funds are supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.