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Elderly, disabled to benefit from grant

Elderly, disabled to benefit from grant

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Bathrooms and kitchens in elderly and disabled housing units will be remodeled to improve accessibility thanks to an exclusive state grant received by the Plainville Housing Authority.

The $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant from the state Department of Housing will be used to replace 80 bathtubs with walk-in showers and improve five kitchens at the authority’s Centerview Village and Woodmoor Manor properties.

“I’m very thrilled about having this for the residents, for their needs,” said Linda DeZenzo, the housing authority’s executive director.

Also called the Small Cities Program, the projects funded are determined by the DOH using federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

DeZenzo is proud Plainville is among the 13 towns to receive the grant this year, saying it reflects the hard work the housing authority staff does to care for residents.

In a Department of Housing release, Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno said the program allows repairs and improvements to be made that might otherwise go unfunded.

“These awards will help to improve the lives of Connecticut residents,” Mosquera-Bruno said. “Whether it’s helping a family to complete essential renovations on their homes such as repairing a leaking roof, making a senior living facility ADA compliant, or improving the habitability of a domestic violence shelter – CDBG Small Cities funding is an important program. This federal funding is essential to low and moderate income residents and without these dollars, we would likely be unable to assist as many of our low and moderate income residents as they make these kinds of repairs.”

In the release, Governor Ned Lamont said, “these grants go a long way toward improving neighborhoods so that we can make our communities more attractive and encourage continued growth for the benefit of all of our residents.”
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