Sen. McLachlan, Rep. Smith: $$ for New Fairfield Housing

August 6, 2013

State Rep. Richard A. Smith (R-108) and State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24) are applauding the announcement of a $400,000 state grant to fund the Town of New Fairfield Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The federal Small Cities Community Development Block Grant will be used by the town to eliminate building code deficiencies and correct health and safety issues in approximately 12 households.

“This money will truly help the most vulnerable people in our communities, and ensure that families and elderly residents are living in a safe environment,” Rep. Smith said. “I’m very pleased New Fairfield garnered this highly sought after federal funding, which will increase property values and improve quality of life for residents.”

“Since 2009, New Fairfield has invested time and money into improving many homes throughout our community,” said State Sen. Michael McLachlan. “I am thankful that the federal government recognizes this important work and will now provide the funding necessary to continue rehabilitating 12 additional homes.”

The program, which began in 2009, is open to low- and moderate-income residents in need of housing rehabilitation in order to comply with building code standards and eliminate safety concerns.

The funds for this program come from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered through the State of Connecticut’s Department of Housing.