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Martin M. Looney

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New Haven Delegation Applauds Approved State Funding for City Projects

State bond commission approves funding for Youth Continuum, RMS Downtown South-Hill Development Company, and Glendower Group

HARTFORD – HARTFORD, CT – Today, the New Haven delegation applauded the approval of $8.9 million in state funding from the State Bond Commission to benefit a number of projects in the city of New Haven.

Youth Continuum Inc., an organization that provides at-risk, neglected, abused, runaway and homeless youth with shelter, basic needs and support services, received a $2,500,000 grant-in-aid for the rehabilitation and addition of 20 beds at its youth shelter on Grand Avenue.

RMS Downtown South-Hill Development Company received $2,751,000 for a loan for the development of the Hill-to-Downtown project at 49 Prince Street. This will renovate the historic building into 30 rental housing units. The Hill-to-Downtown Project envisions remaking the district into a vibrant, walkable, and mixed-use neighborhood.

Glendower Group, a subsidiary of the New Haven Housing Authority, received a $3,700,000 loan to assist with the redevelopment at Farnam Court 1. The construction will include 2 new buildings comprising 94 units. 86 units will be subject to affordability restrictions at 50% of area median income. Eight units will be at market rate and there will be three commercial spaces.

“Thanks to the State Bond Commission and Governor Ned Lamont, New Haven will be receiving funding for some highly significant projects,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven). “Youth Continuum provides critical services to at-risk youth, and this grant will allow it to expand its impact and reach in the community. Investment in the Hill-to-Downtown Project and the Glendower Group construction projects highlights our commitment to affordable housing and balanced growth of our city.”

“Investments in affordable housing and our youth are crucial for a thriving city,” State Senator Gary Winfield (D-New Haven). ”I’m grateful to the State Bond Commission and Governor Ned Lamont for the allocation of these funds, as they will help to ensure more residents have access to affordable housing and at-risk youth will receive the services they need to succeed and gain self-sufficiency.”

“Thank you to Governor Lamont for recognizing the importance that affordable housing and investments in our youth have for our growing community,” Rep. Al Paolillo (D-New Haven) said. "The renovations to our historic buildings with The Hill-to-Downtown Project Hill-to-Downtown Project and the Glendower Group project show our commitment to making sure residents have affordable places to live in our community, and the Youth Continuum project helps those at risk who are who need shelter that struggle to find housing.”

“Reliable shelter and housing are the corner stones of functional communities,” Rep. Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) said. “These bond items will go a long way toward enhancing housing options in New Haven for those that face difficulties. I thank Governor Lamont for supporting this important funding and I know it will go a long way in enhancing lives.”

“The Hill-to-Downtown project offers the promise of housing units in an historic building,” said Rep. Pat Dillon (D-New Haven). “Thank you to the Bond Commission for supporting housing in the Hill neighborhood.”

“These projects, especially the Youth Continuum, are vital and I’m grateful that we’ve been able to provide the funding,” Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven) said. “Our children are our future and projects like these will help move New Haven forward.”

“Many of our children – through no fault of theirs – have been traumatized and are now at risk,” said Rep. Robyn (D-Hamden, New Haven). “This funding will help support and shelter them so they can overcome the past and find a path to promise and prosperity for a brighter future, which will certainly benefit us all. For this reason, I'd like to thank everyone who worked to make the funding for this project and the others possible."

“I am thrilled to see these housing investments move forward as each investment will yield a significant positive impact for our neighbors and the City of New Haven as a whole,” said Rep. Roland Lemar (D-New Haven). “It is no secret that the housing needs many of our neighbors face are chronically unavailable to them, through all different walks of life, and these vitally important developments will help so many families and individuals secure the housing they need.”

“I was pleased to see the Bond Commission approve the $2,751,000 for a loan to RMS Downtown South-Hill Development Company for the development of the Hill to Downtown project,” said Representative Michael DiMassa (D-New Haven/West Haven). “This project is vital for the continued development of the area and connection between the Hill and Downtown.”

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