Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

June 18, 2019

Senator Anwar Supports Housing Committee’s Approval of Community Development Block Grant Plan

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) gave his support as the Housing Committee unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program Allocation Plan. With various items funded in the plan including shelter diversion activities and crisis housing for homeless young adults, as well as municipal projects across the state, the plan will provide support to numerous residents.

“I am happy to support this plan as it will provide more than $13 million of federal support to towns and cities across the state, helping so many who need assistance,” said Sen. Anwar. “In addition to more than $2 million in support for public service, these funds will support so many important projects in our state. In the past, they have supported modernization of elderly-focused public housing in South Windsor and regional housing rehabilitation in Ellington; in the future, rehabilitation of Park Hill in East Windsor may receive support, pending the outcome of its application. These funds will support housing and programs across our state, protecting and assisting thousands.”

The Community Development Block Grant program received applications from 23 municipalities seeking funding for $23.4 million in projects and allocated an estimated $13.38 million of available federal grant funding for the current fiscal year. The Department of Housing will set aside 15 percent, or $2.007 million, to assist shelter diversion activities and crisis housing for homeless young adults, seeking to reduce the homeless population in the state.

There are 22 cities in Connecticut considered “entitlement cities,” meaning they receive separate CDBG funds directly from federal sources. Other cities are eligible to receive these funds, of which 70 percent or more must be used for activities benefitting low-and-moderate-income persons. Additionally, those plans must prevent slums or blight and meet community development needs.