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New London Recognized For Affordable Housing Progress

City receives $20,000 grant from Office of Policy and Management

The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management has named New London as one of five municipalities receiving grants for progress in affordable housing.

New London and the other communities will each receive a $20,000 for their use of "incentive housing zones," which include mixed income housing. The "Housing for Economic Growth Program" rewards municipalities that voluntarily establish these zones. According to state statutes, municipalities must also make annual reports on progress in the zones.

Zones must meet a number of criteria and funding is awarded on a "first come, first serve" basis. East Lyme, Old Saybrook, Sharon, and Torrington also received grants, which may be used for any purpose the municipality deems fit.

“Connecticut residents need housing options they can afford,” said Secretary Ben Barnes of the Office of Policy and Management. “This program does that while also encouraging ‘smart’ development. As Connecticut works to spur economic growth, a critical component of that effort is supporting a diverse mix of housing options for people of all incomes.”

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Jim October 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I find it totally depressing that NL is given more $$$ to do with as they see fit.
Suzanne Cattanach October 16, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I think New London will be having a parade with it.
Spencer October 16, 2012 at 01:06 PM
You two do realize that New London Housing Authority is an agency that is quite productive in the battle against homeless ness--right?
George Lazare October 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The last thing New London needs is more help for the homeless. It is already a santuary city for the homeless and drug addicts. What it needs is hard working residents that work for a living instead of voting for a living and contribute to the city by paying taxes. We need to change the perception of our city from a crime ridden sanctuary city for the takers in society to a prosperous city for the doers(ie people willing to take responsibility for themselves and willing to work for it.)

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