Gary Winfield


Gary Winfield



June 7, 2024

New Haven Delegation Welcomes Over $25 Million in State Funding

HARTFORD – Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Senator Gary Winfield, and State Representatives Pat Dillon, Roland Lemar, Juan Candelaria, Al Paolillo, Robyn Porter, and Toni Walker applauded the announcement of over $25 million in state bonding funding for housing, education, non-profits, and community improvements.

The bond agenda includes:

  • $2,648,000 to the Educational Center for the Arts for various capital upgrades
  • $350,000 to the Community Resources for Justice for the Family Reentry Center of New Haven for facility updates and improvements
  • $142,000 to the Goodwill of New Haven for a glass pulverizer
  • $900,000 to the Christian Community Action, Inc. for renovations to the ARISE Center in New Haven
    • Renovations will allow the building to have a training space, client meeting space, offices, kitchen/dining area, and house services such as food pantry and diaper bank
  • $8,769,517 to the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven for alterations and improvements
  • $7,500,000 to the City of New Haven for alterations and improvements to the Adult Education Building at 188 Bassett Street
  • $850,000 to Amistad School of New Haven for capital improvements
  • $850,000 to Elm City College Prep for capital improvements

In addition, the bond agenda will officially approve four projects previously put forth by the Community Investment Fund.

  • Continuum of Care Ella-Blake Project – $2,750,000
    • Funds for Continuum of Care to purchase its two facilities at 977 Ella Grasso Blvd. and 163 Blake St. in order to preserve 58 units of affordable housing.
  • Friends Center for Children Flint Street Family Campus – $250,000
    • Planning grant for community engagement and design of the Flint Street Family Campus
  • Haven’s Harvest Phase 2 Planning – $250,000
    • Phase II Planning – funds for planning towards community engagement and a feasibility study of the intersection of its work and the needs of the community in the Fair Haven neighborhood.
  • New Haven Museum Planning for Lighthouse Road and Whitney Avenue – $350,000
    • Planning for 325 Lighthouse Rd. and 114 Whitney Ave. – funds for community engagement, a master plan, and designs for renovations and upgrades for the museum’s two sites.

“I am gratified that we will see over $25 million in state bonding funding for New Haven, a testament to our commitment to housing, education, assistance to non-profit social service providers, and community development,” said Senate President Looney. “This substantial investment will not only improve the quality of life for our residents but also strengthen the fabric of our vibrant neighborhoods. New Haven once again is benefiting from significant state investment that I am proud to have helped secure. Thanks to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for this round of investment in our city.”

“This state funding for New Haven is another important investment for our community,” said Senator Winfield. “These projects underscore our dedication to advancing housing, education, and vital community services. Together, we are building a brighter, more prosperous future for all who call New Haven home.”

“I am excited by all of the capital improvement projects on the agenda, especially the investment to preserve affordable housing. Thank you to the State Bond Commission for their consideration,” said Rep. Dillon.

“Through massive investments in our schools, our roadways, and our non-profits, these funds tackle some of the biggest issues facing New Haven residents head on, and I’m thrilled for their approval,” Rep. Lemar said. “Thank you to the New Haven delegation, Gov. Lamont, and the State Bonding Commission for their passage of these funds and support of New Haven.”

“With a dozen projects funded and millions coming to New Haven for our schools, nonprofits, the arts,  and more, the residents of our city are primed for success,” Rep. Candelaria said. “Thank you to my colleagues, Gov. Lamont, and the State Bonding Commission for their support, and I can’t wait to see these projects come to fruition.”

“This funding, as a whole, is a win-win for the City of New Haven,” said Rep. Porter. “The upgrades and improvements to various projects will help the Elm City remain the vibrant, welcoming place the entire state of Connecticut is already proud of.”

“This funding is a step forward in our commitment to education, transportation, housing and the non-profits that provide indispensable services to the community every day,” Rep. Walker said. “I am proud of our collective work to keep New Haven on the radar for state funding. Thanks to Gov. Lamont, and the State Bonding Commission for supporting these important initiatives.”

“This bond funding of $25 million is excellent news for the City of New Haven,” said Rep. Paolillo. “All these projects in total will be of tremendous benefit to many New Haven organizations, schools, non-profits, and our residents. The positive impact is wide-ranging from funding for the Friends Center, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven Schools and Board of Education; the Floyd Little Athletic Center to benefit positive activities and recreation; the Continuum of Care for Affordable Housing; or Haven’s Harvest to help with food recapture and address food insecurity in our community and the entire state. The amount of meaningful good that can come from this investment in our city with the approval of these funds is really immeasurable. I would like to thank Governor Lamont and the New Haven delegation for all their work in realizing the importance of funding these initiatives that address some of our most pressing issues.”

“The projects and initiatives funded by the State Bond Commission will have an incredible impact on our community, particularly for our students and many of our most vulnerable residents. Updated educational facilities, improved athletic facilities, preserved affordable housing units, and support for critical social service providers and nonprofit community organizations are all part of this $25 million investment in the Elm City,” said Mayor Justin Elicker. “I want to thank Governor Lamont, the State Bond Commission, and the New Haven delegation for supporting these projects, and I’m excited and look forward for the collective impact they will have on our city.”
“I am glad that we could work with the New Haven legislative delegation to get this funding approved for these projects that will benefit New Haven,” Governor Ned Lamont said.
Contact: Kevin Coughlin | 203-710-0193 |
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