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Martin M. Looney

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January 27, 2016

Looney and Crisco: Hamden to Receive State Grants for Housing and P.L.A.C.E.

HAMDEN, CT—Hamden’s Housing Authority will receive a state grant to help finance rehabilitation work at the affordable elderly housing development Hamden Village, announced the town’s legislative delegation. In addition, Hamden’s non-profit P.L.A.C.E. was also awarded a grant to help with its project of creating a children’s museum and art center.

“Providing safe, affordable, quality housing for our senior citizens helps them to continue to reside in the town they have called ‘home’, and I am proud to have worked with the delegation and Governor Malloy to secure the funding for improvements at Hamden Village and Hamden Village Extension,” said Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven), whose district also includes portions of Hamden. “Over the years, the P.L.A.C.E. Museum and Children’s Center has provided children with a greater understanding of our community, our diversity and world culture, and this funding will help them continue their mission as they expand into the historic Rectory School Barn.”

“Our investment in P.L.A.C.E. is another example of how Connecticut is funding opportunities for children to enhance their education and explore world cultures, celebrate diversity, and learn through art and play,” said state Senator Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge). “We’re also investing in the renovation of more than 100 units of affordable senior housing in Hamden, which is part of a larger, long-term state investment in affordable housing all across Connecticut. These are the types of state projects that make Connecticut one of the best states in America for quality of life.”

“Maintaining our affordable housing stock is critical to ensuring our town remains a sustainable community,” said Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden). “P.L.A.C.E.’s vision for a cultural gathering spot for our kids is a great idea, and I’m glad we can help make it a reality. With all the activity and attractions that have come to Town Center Park in recent years, it has really developed into a gem of the community.”

On Friday January 29, the State Bond Commission is expected to approve $2,805,000 to aid the Hamden Housing Authority with financing a number of rehabilitation projects at the 60-unit Hamden Village and the adjacent 50-unit Hamden Village Extension.

The Bond Commission is also expected to approve a $60,000 grant for P.L.A.C.E. (Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration), to help the non-profit continue its effort to convert the historic Rectory School Barn in Town Center Park into a children’s museum and arts center.

“Many people have worked hard on this project over the years but I want to particularly recognize former councilman (and unofficial town historian) Al Gorman for work in saving, moving and now converting the Rectory School Barn into a children’s museum and arts center at Town Center Park—a project that illustrates Hamden’s commitment to both its history and the arts,” said Rep. Mike D’Agostino (D-Hamden).

“I am very excited for the children and families who frequent the museum and arts center. The new entrance will be a welcome addition to the Rectory School Barn and gateway to the global village, playscape, media room and an art studio,” Rep. Robyn Porter (D-Hamden, New Haven) said. “I would like to thank Governor Malloy for his support for our community and the programs at P.L.A.C.E.”

 

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