Shelton elderly housing complex gets $1.5M grant for renovations

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

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SHELTON — Sinsabaugh Heights, an elderly housing complex in the city, is receiving $1.5 million in state grants for necessary renovations.

Shelton was one of six municipalities that received funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program.

Gov. Ned Lamont and state Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno on Wednesday announced the awarding of $9 million in grants to six municipalities for infrastructure upgrades that will modernize and rehabilitate housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

The Shelton Housing Authority will use $1.5 million for projects at Sinsabaugh Heights I and II, a state-subsidized rental facility which offers housing for low-income older adults ages 62 and older, or individuals who are certified disabled by Social Security Administration or other federal agency.

Having received prior funding, this grant will cover renovations and will include the removal and installation of 88 storm doors in Sinsabaugh I and II, installation of 27 self-contained HVAC units in Sinsabaugh II, and the installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm system in Sinsabaugh II.

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

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing. Eligible projects are required to be in a municipality with a population of fewer than 50,000 residents and have a focus on improving neighborhoods, eliminating blight, and attracting economic development.

“These awards will help the quality of life for Connecticut residents in our state-sponsored housing portfolio,” Mosquera-Bruno said. “These properties serve households with some of the greatest needs. The Connecticut Department of Housing and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have begun working with intent to address our portfolio while leveraging the CDBG Small Cities funding. These federal funds give us flexibility, allowing us to assist municipalities while leveraging different resources together.”