State approves funding for upgrades to Wallingford, North Haven housing units

The State Bond Commission approved a total of $6.5 million in state funding this week to support renovations to Ulbrich Heights and Extension affordable housing units in Wallingford and the Temple Pines senior housing facility in North Haven.

The commission approved $4 million Monday for Ulbrich Heights — the largest affordable housing complex in Wallingford.

Located off of South Elm Street, the 132 units are managed by the Wallingford Housing Authority.

Democratic State Rep. Mary Mushinsky, who represents the area of Wallingford where the housing is located, said she’s “extremely grateful that the Bond Commission took action to provide Wallingford Housing Authority with these funds.”

“Everyone deserves to have access to safe and modern affordable housing, and these funds bring us one step closer to achieving that goal here in Wallingford,” she said in a statement.

According to a statement from Mushinsky’s office, the funds are slated for kitchens and bathroom upgrades in various units, as well as replacement siding and exterior windows.

The announcement comes on the heels of WHA efforts to secure other state grants.

The Town Council recently authorized the application for a CT Community Challenge Grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The WHA is seeking up to $3 million. The funding awards are slated to be announced early next year.

The funds from DECD would be used to rehabilitate 2 Wharton Brook Drive, a mixed-use residential and commercial property, and add up to 16 new units of housing at Ulbrich Heights.

The WHA plans to move its office into the former commercial space at 2 Wharton Brook Drive. The property, located near Ulbrich Heights, was purchased by the town before the WHA took ownership.

The town also has applied for a $500,000 federal grant to renovate the building through U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office.

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senior housing

The commission approved $2.5 million Tuesday to support improvements at Temple Pines in North Haven.

The low-income elderly housing facility, located at 555 Pool Road, has 30 units and is owned and operated by the North Haven Housing Authority.

The renovations including upgrades for code compliance, paving, exterior improvements and improvements to kitchens and bathrooms, according to a joint statement from Republican State Sen. Paul Cicarella and Republican State Rep. Dave Yaccarino, both of whom represent North Haven.

Cicarella said in a statement that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, “it’s very important that we help seniors in our community to maintain their quality of life and age in place with dignity and needed supports.”

Yaccarino said he spoke with Temple Pines residents last year about their concerns and desired improvements.

“I am so glad to hear that funding has been allotted to make necessary improvements to this senior housing facility,” he said.

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