Trumbull Housing Authority to receive $800,000 from state grant program

The 186 units at the Stern Village Senior Housing Complex are about to receive a facelift thanks to a grant from the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities (CDBG) program.

The funds, which were announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein on June 30, include $800,000 to be spent on the installation of ductless split heat pumps at Stern Village. The Trumbull Housing Authority is expected to complete the installation. 

According to a press release from Commissioner Klein, the pumps will make life more comfortable for residents by providing both heating and air conditioning and will significantly reduce monthly electricity costs for the low to moderate income residents.

“These grants are available to Connecticut residents who, without this financial assistance, would be unable to make important repairs to their homes such as leaky roofs, replacing inefficient windows, and other structural repairs,” Commissioner Klein said. “These grants will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

Harriet Polansky, executive director of Stern Village, gave thanks to First Selectman Tim Herbst for applying for the grant which she said will assist and benefit the residents of Stern Village. She also thanked Governor Malloy for allocating Small Cities Funds for our residents. 

"Ductless split heat pumps will make the apartments energy efficient, help prevent heat loss in the winter which will lower utility costs and improve well-being," she said. "Air conditioning provides for resident comfort and improves indoor air quality during high allergen and high humidity days.

"We are looking forward to working closely with the Town on implementation," she added.

In addition to Herbst, Polansky thanked the first selectman's Chief of Staff Lynn Arnow, the town's Economic and Community Development Director Rina Bakalar, and Land Use Planner Rob Librandi.

"On behalf of the residents of Stern Village, the THA Commissioners and myself, we want to thank...everyone from the Town who worked on the time-sensitive, extremely detailed and comprehensive Small Cities Application for the health and wellness of our residents," she said.

About the program

The grant program focuses on the improvement of housing availability in small municipalities and increased economic development in towns that have a population of below 50,000 residents, such as Trumbull.

“The CDBG program allows us to provide aid to some of our smaller towns for a variety of important projects,” Commissioner Klein said.

The goal of the program is “to advance projects that develop and preserve affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable residents in their communities, and also create and retain jobs,” the release said.

In total, 21 towns were allocated nearly $13 million from the state’s Department of Housing, with funding coming down from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

More than half of the grants — 12 in total — will be used for public housing modernizations, Klein said.

In addition, seven will be used for housing rehabilitation programs, one for a public facilities project and one for a public service program.

“These projects will help so many local communities increase quality of life and make our state an even more attractive place to live, work and do business,” Governor Malloy said. “These are investments in our neighborhoods, in the people who live here, and in our economic future.”

“From Killingly to Trumbull, these federal dollars will help local communities improve their housing and provide critical services that will allow folks throughout Connecticut to provide for their families and live healthier lives,” the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement.

Shelton gets a slice of pie, too

Also included in the grant funding was the Helen Devaux Housing Complex in Shelton, which will receive $800,000 for public housing modernization.

Improvements will include roof replacement, asphalt shingle replacement, siding assembly replacement, window and doors replacement, and the installation of canopies at common entrances.

"The town, in cooperation with the Shelton Housing Authority, will make exterior improvements at the Helen Devaux Housing Complex," Commissioner Klein said.