FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2021
MAYOR STEWART ANNOUNCES RELAUNCH OF THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN’S “NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION PROGRAM”
New Britain - Mayor Erin Stewart announced today the relaunch of the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). The goal of this program is to provide technical and financial assistance to property owners for residential rehabilitation. The Neighborhood Preservation Program has helped hundreds of homeowners in New Britain since its 1977 inception, but has had limited utility from residents in the past decade. Mayor Erin Stewart said she hopes the City’s relaunch of the program will help urge property owns to utilize this program.
“A community’s vitality is directly influenced by the quality of housing available to its residents,” said Mayor Stewart. “Through the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Program, you can receive rehabilitation assistance to help improve living conditions, expand housing opportunities, upgrade neighborhoods and increase your property value. I encourage property owners who are dedicated to upholding the integrity of our wonderful City to make use of this valuable program.”
The Neighborhood Preservation Program is overseen and administered by the Commission on Community & Neighborhood Development (CCND).
“This program has truly helped revitalize and preserve neighborhoods in our community for years.” said Alphonse Wright, Chair of the Commission on Community & Neighborhood Development. “I’m glad to see it relaunched, continued, and expanded upon on under Mayor Erin Stewart’s leadership.”
Staff of the New Britain Department of Community Development will work with residents to assemble a financial assistance package utilizing Community Development Block Grant funding or HOME Program funding. Financial assistance offered through this program may include: a loan for 100% of funds needed for the rehabilitation work at a low interest rate, for a maximum of 10 years. It also may include assistance for up to $50,000 in the form of a forbearance loan, which requires qualification of a homeowner as “very low-income.” Elderly individuals and those on a fixed income may also be eligible for this assistance.
There are several property renovations and building code upgrades included in this program. Examples of property improvements include work on: insulation, storm windows and doors, kitchen and/or bathroom remodeling, interior and exterior painting, plumbing, siding, electrical upgrades as well as stairway/porch.
Among the Code upgrades, the City has created:
• The “Fire Code Assistance Program” aimed to assist properties that have three or more units which are in need of fire code upgrades.
• The “Healthy Homes New Britain Program” which is committed to protecting children from lead poisoning and making homes safe and healthy.
• The “New Britain ROOF Assistance Program” to assist low income, elderly, disabled, or families with children. Households on fixed income that are in need of roof replacement are eligible.
There are income limitations for this program. To see if you qualify, or for more information, please contact Deborah Anderson in the City’s Department of Community Development at (860) 825-3459 or email at Deborah.email@example.com.
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