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Mayor Segarra Announces New Anti-Blight Housing Program

(January 7, 2014) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was joined by Connecticut’s Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein to announce the first completed renovation by the Hartford Restoration Project at 194 South Whitney Street in Hartford.

The program offers financial assistance of up to $30,000 to eligible owner-occupied residences to remediate external blight conditions. The Hartford Restoration Project (HRP) is financed by recouped costs of private property remediation, special assessments, reimbursement for board-ups of vacant properties and other anti-blight services provided by the City of Hartford. The HRP falls under the Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI), a special task force established by Mayor Segarra to combat blight. The LSNI group collaborates with Hartford’s Housing Department to increase property rehabilitation efforts across the City.

“I’m really proud of how far this project has come in a short time,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m pleased that we identified a way to work with residents who want to improve their homes, and to reinvest the revenue from our anti-blight services back into the community."

Donna Nelson, the owner of 194 South Whitney, who was previously cited for blight conditions under City ordinance, was the first applicant for the program. Since then the City has received 5 more applications.

“I’m so grateful for this program,” said Nelson. “The staff was easy especially easy to work with and did an exceptional job explaining the process. They helped to guide me through every step of the way.”

To qualify for HRP, properties must be a single-, two-, or three-family owner-occupied building. Commercial properties—including mixed-use properties—are not eligible. The loan is deferred with zero percent interest, and requires no monthly payments unless the property is sold and/or not owner-occupied within five years. The program does not finance rehabilitation that is cosmetic or non-essential. Repairs such as broken or missing windows or doors, damaged or collapsing exterior, crumbling foundations and/or broken fences are covered.
The program is a collaborative effort between LSNI and the City’s Housing Department

“As I meet with mayors and first selectmen across the state, they share a concern about blight and the impact it can have on neighborhoods. This project is one worth noting, as the City of Hartford has found a creative way to address this important issue,” said Commissioner Klein.

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For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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