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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.


For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Today: Hartford Winterfest Closed

Please be advised that the Hartford Winterfest Skating Rink in Bushnell Park will be closed, today, January 7, 2014 due to the severe temperatures.

Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Announces New Anti-Blight Housing Program

(January 6, 2014) Tomorrow, January 7th, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will announce a new anti-blight program for the City of Hartford. The event will take place at noon, at 194 South Whitney Street. Mayor Segarra will be joined by Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner, Evonne Klein.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Commissioner Evonne Klein, CT Department of Housing
WHAT: Announcement of New Anti-Blight Initiative
WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 12:00pm
WHERE: 194 South Whitney Street, Hartford


For Immediate Release: January 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Urges Residents to Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

(January 3, 2014) - Mayor Segarra urges residents to take all necessary precautions to prepare for the freezing temperatures over the next few days.

“Although the snow has passed, the temperatures will drop tonight to a level we haven’t seen in years,” said Mayor Segarra. “It’s important to be prepared, do what you can to stay warm and dry and whenever possible check on your neighbors. Our shelters will remain open for 24 hours as long as thetemperatures are below freezing.”

Here are some steps residents can take to prepare their homes:

  • Make sure that all cellar andhouse windows and doors are closed tightly.
  • If you did not turn off your exterior faucets turn them off now in the basement. That way if they did freeze when they thaw out the water will not flood the basement.
  • Find where your Main water shutoff is in the basement. That way if a pipe does burst you know where to turn off the water before it causes major damage. It should be near the water meter.
  • Open up the cabinets under the Bathroom and Kitchen sinks to allow some warm air to the pipes.
  • If you have older windows tape some clear plastic on the inside to lessen drafts.
  • If you have a thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature you may want to leave it at the normalhigher setting as your heating system may not be able to raise the room temperature back up when the exterior temperature is below 10 degrees and the wind is blowing.
  • If you are using electric space heaters be sure to keep them 3 – 5 feet away from anything that can catch fire-curtains, clothes, furniture, etc.
  • Follow the instructions for clearances and do not use extension cords unless they are allowed by the manufacturer and are the proper wire size.
  • Do not use any fuel burning heaters inside your house such as propane or kerosene heaters.
  • Be sure that your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors are working have fresh batteries and test them.
  • Check to be sure that snow or ice has not blocked any combustion air intakes or exhaust vents for your heating equipment.
  • Shovel a path so the Fuel Delivery person can get to the fuel fill pipes.
  • Shovel the sidewalk and around the Fire Hydrant if you have them on your property.
  • Be careful of ice hanging off roofs especially when you are knocking them off.
  • Do not forget about your pets thecold also affects them.
  • Do not warm your automobile up inside the garage. Move it outside to warm it and be sure the exhaust fumes are not blowing towards the house if possible.


For Immediate Release: January 3, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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