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October 5, 2016

Duff Announces Major State Investment in Norwalk Housing

Funds will be used to rehabilitate and improve The Marvin and Ludlow Commons

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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff visited with residents at The Marvin to share the news that nearly $7 million has been awarded to revitalize several of Norwalk’s congregate housing buildings, including theirs.

Norwalk, CT—Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) has announced that $7 million has been awarded that will be used revitalize several of Norwalk’s affordable housing buildings. These buildings provide housing opportunities for dozens seniors and families in Norwalk. This funding will be used to make needed repairs and upgrades.

“Helping people get a roof over their head allows them to become more invested in our community, find jobs in the city, and contribute to our local economy,” said Senator Duff. “These grants will help ensure that the housing opportunities in Norwalk remain available, safe, and attractive for senior citizens. An investment in housing is an important investment in our city’s economy and quality of life.”

The funding for Norwalk’s housing comes from the State-Sponsored Housing Portfolio (SSHP) Revitalization Initiative. SSHP funds the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the state’s affordable housing portfolio containing more than 340 properties. Rehabilitation of these units will benefit more than 14,000 people.

“In the past five years, the state has made an historic investment in affordable housing development,”said DOH Commissioner Evonne M. Klein. “Ensuring access to affordable housing is yet another step in the right direction as we continue to refine our efforts focused on preventing and ending homelessness. Thanks to the support of Governor Malloy and legislative leaders like Senator Bob Duff, these strategic investments are having a lasting impact and are a key part of Connecticut’s economic recovery.”

Ludlow Commons, a 44-unit state congregate housing development owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk, will receive approximately $3.7 million from DOH for renovations. The work will include new Energy Star windows, hallway flooring, common area ADA bathroom upgrades, elevator upgrades, fire alarm system upgrades, unit upgrades including ADA walk in showers (6 units), ADA accessories and exhaust fans (44 units), kitchen cabinet replacement, unit flooring replacement, unit painting, laundry room upgrades, interior and exterior LED lighting, new asphalt paved roadway/parking area. This project leverages approximately $42,000 in energy rebates and $100,000 of owner reserves.

The Marvin is a congregate housing facility for elderly residents with 49 one-bedroom units. DOH will provide approximately $3,547,000 to assist the owner, 60 Gregory Blvd LP, with the rehabilitation of the property. Rehabilitation will include upgraded walkways, entries and rear patio access areas as well as upgrading to energy efficient mechanical systems, window replacements, elevator upgrades, and site lighting upgrades. This project leverages $54,000 in energy rebates and $210,000 of owner reserves.

“2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of The Marvin, so this state funding is a wonderful way to update and improve our facility so it will last at least another 20 years,” said Mary Windt, executive director of Under One Roof, Inc.. which is the sponsor, owner and manager of The Marvin. “I want to thank Senator Duff and the State of Connecticut very much for their support.”