The Access Community Action Agency To Lead In The Development Of Local Affordable Housing

CAFCA | July 19, 2013 |

 The Access Community Action Agency will soon receive $1.5 million to boost the stock of affordable housing in Willimantic and Danielson.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined with the Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein recently announced the Access Community Action Agency will receive the $1.5 million to establish a combination grant and revolving loan fund to help rehabilitate multi-family rental properties. This grant is part of $13.8 million in grants awarded to 11 affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization programs throughout the state. The projects represent partnerships between state and local government as well as nonprofit groups, and will leverage private and federal funds to rehabilitate blighted housing, construct new units, and make improvements to existing properties. Under the local program, Access will on behalf of the State of Connecticut administer the funds to provide grants and interest-free and deferred loans to rehabilitate properties that will then be rented to income eligible tenants.

Access was also awarded a $138,000 Predevelopment Loan to fund the planning phase of a ten-unit project in Danielson. The site is located near Route 395 and within short walking distance from education, commercial, and economic resources, as well as Access offices.

In 2012, Access was also awarded a $192,000 Pre-Development Loan to explore the feasibility of constructing 16 one-bedroom units of affordable housing for seniors in Willimantic. The funds are being used to conduct engineering and environmental studies, develop architectural drawings and mechanical specifications, and explore funding opportunities for the project. The units would be located on a second floor above the former Health Center space at 1315 Main St.

Other Access affordable housing initiatives include five units currently under renovation in Willimantic through its Access to Assets program, and two affordable housing developments that it built and manages for seniors: the 32-unit Willington Woods in Willington and the 27-unit Elisha Brook in Franklin.

The Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated northeast Connecticut anti-poverty agency. Access provides food, emergency shelter, energy assistance, energy conservation services, job and life skills training, youth mentoring, group homes, senior housing and more for low-income families and individuals. For more information about Access' services, call 860-450-7400 in the Willimantic area, 860-412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visithttp://www.accessagency.org.