Habitat for Humanity awarded $2M to build 14 homes in Bridgeport

The money will go toward building 14 single-family homes near Chopsey Hill Road and Summit Street in the Park City.

Mar 20, 2023, 3:48 PM

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Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County is receiving $2 million in federal funding to build more than a dozen new homes in Bridgeport, Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced Monday.

Carolyn Vermont, Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County CEO, says the nonprofit builds around 10 homes for families in need each year.
"The mortgage never exceeds more than 30% of their household income," Vermont explained.
With the federal funding, Vermont says the nonprofit will more than double its house production this year.
Vermont says the money will go toward building 14 single-family homes near Chopsey Hill Road and Summit Street in Bridgeport.
Blumenthal was in the Park City Monday to make the announcement.  Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont was in Stamford Monday to announce progress that's being made on the housingfront there.  
Pacific House, which already has an emergency shelter in the city, is planning to convert a four-story building on Stillwater Avenue into an affordable housing complex thanks to nearly $2.5 million in state funding.
The additional housing in Bridgeport and Stamford comes as the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has been fighting for more funding for the state's homeless response system.
The coalition says the system is underfunded and understaffed while homelessness in Connecticut is on the rise.
At Habitat for Humanity, Vermont says the nonprofit's waitlist for families seeking homes has tripled, adding the organization will have to continue relying on grant money to keep up with the demand.
"The money that we receive just helps us to build more homes to impact the lives of more families," Vermont said.
Vermont says she expects Habitat for Humanity to break ground on the new homes by the end of the year.


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