Grand Opening – Margaret B. Mack Apartments
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
On April 14, 2010 Continuum of Care, Inc., a New Haven based provider of residential and support services, unveiled its newest residence, Margaret B. Mack Apartments, at 34-40 Batter Terrace in the West River neighborhood of New Haven. A number of federal, state, and local dignitaries attended the event. Julie Fagan , HUD Field Office Director, Hartford, Chris Tymniak, representing CT Governor Rell's Office and Patti L. Walker, President/CEO of Continuum of Care, Inc. cut the ceremonial ribbon during the event.
This 10 unit structure, gracefully appointed with hard wood floors, hand crafted molding, and original fireplaces, has undergone extensive rehabilitation thanks to approximately $3.2 million in grants for affordable supportive housing. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), and the Livable Cities Initiative of the City of New Haven (LCI) funded this project which will house fourteen developmentally disabled adults supported by trained staff at all times. Ongoing support services are provided by Continuum under the auspices of the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities.
The project will also support the renaissance of the West River area as the property has been transformed from its former state of disrepair to a fully refurbished, energy efficient, safe environment where people with disabilities will be supported to be active and contributing members of the community.
"This has been a wonderful coordination by three separate funding sources to renovate a wonderful area of New Haven and change people's lives at the same time" said Patti L. Walker, the President of Continuum of Care and its affiliated companies. "We are especially grateful to HUD for providing the largest portion of funding and for their ongoing support of rental assistance to the residents who qualify to live in this beautifully reconstituted building" added Ms. Walker.
This is Continuum of Care's first HUD affordable housing initiative. Continuum has a 40 year history of providing residential support services to people with disabilities allowing them to achieve independence and become contributing members of their communities. A second project at Sheldon Terrace in New Haven will commence in May. "Affordable, well maintained, supported housing for people with disabilities is a cost effective alternative to institutionalization while promoting independence, and revitalizing urban neighborhoods." said Ms. Walker.
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