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A Bitter Development The Hartford Courant comments on the recent move by the city of Hartford to serve developer David Nyberg with more than a dozen cease-and-desist orders last month for a project involving a dozen apartment buildings in the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_090108.asp

A Bold Gambit For Apartment Tower Downtown Say this much about Abul Islam, the businessman and developer who wants to transform the old WFSB property in downtown Hartford into 15 stories of apartments; he is resilient. He has overcome stereotypes about his culture and religion in making the transition from left-leaning socialist sympathizer as a kid in Pakistan to unapologetic American capitalist — and real estate investor. Islam is emerging as "one to watch" on the Connecticut business and real estate development scene. One of his personal investment plans is developing the former Broadcast House site downtown into The Residences at River View, a 195-unit apartment building. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_102512.asp

A Champion Of The Poor John Wardlaw, who died on November 7, 2008 at 71, headed the Hartford Housing Authority for nearly three decades, a remarkable tenure in such a high-pressure, high-profile job. He hired good people and ran a tight ship. He cared deeply for the thousands of people who lived in public housing and worked every day to better their lives. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111308.asp

A Decent Place to Live: Landlords and Tenants Rights in Hartford A brochure about landlords and tenants rights in Hartford. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Office of Human Relations, City of Hartford Office of Human Relations, City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/Decent_place_to_live.pdf

A Developer's Lofty Goal After scrapping the idea of building condominiums in the Hartford Office Supply building in Hartford, New York-based Tarragon Corp. now sees young professionals living in the building on Capitol Avenue, in loft-style apartments with cheaper rents than those found downtown. If the apartment project is successful, the "Lofts on Capitol" could be a much-needed catalyst for neighborhood development, encouraging more shops and restaurants with staying power. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_040108_1.asp

A Foreclosure Crisis For A Company in Charge of Dozens of Hartford Properties Martin Carlin — the Connecticut real estate investor — has big problems on his hands. Dozens of properties consisting of more than 800 rental units of residential real estate owned by Carlin in Hartford are in a tangled mess of multi-million-dollar foreclosures. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_advocate_083110.asp

A Home To Be Proud Of Since the late 1980s, Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford has turned vacant buildings into beautiful, affordable homes whose residents form an association similar to a cooperative. Now, the group has a new home of its own. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_031206.asp

A Passion For Urban Planning, And For Food Terry Tondro was a law school professor, but no ivory tower academic; he enjoyed the finest in wines and foods, but preferred to cook dinner himself. He loved cities — he was truly an urbanist, but he relished the air and the ocean of rural Maine. He knew opera well, but enjoyed Ella Fitzgerald. He worked to preserve historic buildings, and also helped create housing available for low income families and people of color. Tondro, a Hartford resident, died of a stroke on April 26, 2012, two weeks shy of his 74th birthday. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_051812.asp

A Perfect Two In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that small infill projects, especially those that restore architecturally significant buildings, should be a big part of Hartford's revival plans. The recent dedication of a brick duplex in Hartford's North End went largely unnoticed. But, the Christian Activities Council celebrated the restoration of a historic but badly deteriorated "Perfect Six" apartment building on Edgewood Street. The houses were not restored to their original six apartments, but instead were made into side-by-side townhouses — a Perfect Two. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062908.asp

A Personal View: Small City A small city like Hartford has genuine appeal to those seeking professional employment for the first time. Many of the things they want out of a big city are available in Hartford, in a more intimate and welcoming setting than Boston or New York City. Many young professionals gathered at the HYPE Premier Party recently. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_news_061406_a.asp

A Picture's Worth 40 Stories Northland Investment Corp. is in the early stages of planning the redevelopment of the former YMCA on Jewell Street in Hartford. They recently posted a conceptual illustration of the project on the corporate website. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_060107.asp

A Short, Sad History Plaza Mayor was supposed to be the grand gateway to Park Street. Plaza Mayor, as this proposed gateway to the Hispanic community centered on Park Street is known, was to be filled with shops, condominiums, town homes and a main square facing the South Green from an expanse elevated above Park Street. However, the project has run into funding problems. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_advocate_100208.asp

A Tale of Two Hartfords: The Wide Gap Getween Luxury Condos and Subsidized Housing The story of housing in Hartford today is a tale of two cities. In one case, the state invests over $35 million to spur private development of a new, residential downtown, a metaphorically gated community designed to lure well-heeled couples with no dependent children and cash to spend. If retail development takes off as planned, they won’t have to walk far to spend it. The tale of the other Hartford takes place in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are waking and shaking, blinking back to life--but still weighed down by poverty, less investment capital, neglected structures, and unmet needs for decent, dignified and affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Guardian The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: Winter/Spring 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_guardian_spring_2006.asp

A Very Elusive Embrace Hartford 21 is a shot of hope for downtown, but residents need retailers, and retailers need shoppers. Most of the retail space that fronts Asylum and Trumbull streets at the heart of downtown's hoped-for rebirth is empty. Lawrence Gottesdiener, the developer is losing $2 million a year in rent, but he doesn't want to sign the wrong retail tenant, or the right one who won't stay open weekends. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_020208.asp

A Wager On Hartford: New York State Firm Buys 23 Apartment Buildings In $30 Million Investment Real estate experts say Hartford is becoming a more attractive market for apartment investors, especially from New York, where properties are much more expensive. The most recent and largest sale is of 23 buildings in and near Asylum Hill. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_010405.asp

Accessory Apartments Are An Affordable Home Run Tom Condon expresses the opinion that accessory apartments, also known as in-law apartments, could solve the problem of a sufficient supply of affordable housing in Connecticut. But, accessory apartments violate zoning laws. In most of Hartford's residential zones, and those of many other municipalities, accessory apartments violate rules against the number of residential units per lot. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_060307.asp

Accusations of Theft at Bushnell on the Park One of the biggest landlords in Hartford has been accused in court documents of stealing $275,000 from a group of condominium owners at Bushnell on the Park by using their association fees as his own personal “piggy bank.” Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_advocate_080310.asp

Advocate For Smart Housing The postwar push to the suburbs, among other factors, left Connecticut with a housing imbalance — large houses on large lots in the suburbs but not enough affordable housing for young workers or supportive housing for the homeless, most of whom were in cities. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_112710.asp

Affordable Housing Coming To Downtown A 1920s building overlooking Bushnell Park is the latest downtown Hartford project set for an overhaul. Common Ground, a New York-based developer of affordable housing, has begun construction on the $22 million restoration project at 410 Asylum St. The upper floors of the former office building will be converted into 70 affordable mixed-income apartments. Plans also call for the restoration of the street level storefronts, comprising of 13,000 square feet. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_060908.asp

Affordable Housing More Elusive For Lower Earners In State Despite some gains in pay, low- and moderate-income families in Connecticut had a harder time finding homes they could afford in 2006 than they did two years earlier, a study released recently showed. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_060508.asp

Alan Green Changing Culture At Hartford Housing Authority When he was hired at the Hartford Housing Authority in January 2008, Alan Green inherited a mess. Before he can put his full focus on the tenants who live in the 4,000 units he oversees, Green has had to turn his attention to fixing a dysfunctional agency. Green wants to change the culture for those living in public housing. But first he's changing the culture for those working for public housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032509.asp

Alleged Slumlord Targets Hartford Emmanuel Ku has topped New York City’s list of worst landlords and evoked the wrath and outrage of renters’ groups across three states. Now he wants to buy housing in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 06, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_080607.asp

America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010: State Report Card on Child Homelessness America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010 documents the numbers of homeless children in every state, their well-being, the risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy activities. (PDF document, 124 pages) Published by National Center on Family Homelessness National Center on Family Homelessness ; Publication Date: 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Homelessness/NCFH_AmericaOutcast2010_web.pdf

American Housing Survey - Hartford Metropolitan Area - 1996 The 1996 American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the Nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers. The AHS returns to the same housing units year after year to gather data; therefore, this survey is ideal for analyzing the flow of households through housing; Published by U. S. Census U. S. Census ; Publication Date: 1996
Document Link: /issues/wsd/housing/AHS_Hartford_96.pdf Related Link(s): HUD User: Datasets: American Housing Survey HartfordInfo Data: Community Data: Where the Rental Units Are by Hartford Neighborhood

American Housing Survey - Hartford Metropolitan Area - 2004 The 2004 American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the Nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers. The AHS returns to the same housing units year after year to gather data; therefore, this survey is ideal for analyzing the flow of households through housing; Published by U. S. Census U. S. Census ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/housing/Hartford[1].pdf Related Link(s): HUD User: Datasets: American Housing Survey

Amid Conversion, History Pops Out For years, the American Airlines building in Hartford - across from Sage-Allen and The Richardson - stood as a monument to the drab façade makeovers of the 1970s, all brown brick and aluminum panels. But now, as 915 Main St. is being converted into condominiums, the developer is unearthing pieces of the structure's art deco architectural past behind those bland-looking panels. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_071106.asp

Amid Rivals, Bushnell Tower Holds Its Own Bushnell Tower has longstanding reputation as one of the most upscale condo options in the city. Still, Bushnell Tower has struggled during the past year through a sort of identity crisis. It faced what it has really never faced before: competition. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_032007.asp

An Elegant Renewal In 2001, the Christian Activities Council approved a long-term plan for housing development and improvement in the Upper Albany area. Deerfield Avenue was the first street to receive the council's attention. The council's efforts have been augmented by groups, such as the Upper Albany Main Street and the University of Hartford, and the multitude of small businesses opening in the area. The council plans to focus on Vine and Irving Streets next. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032005.asp

Apartment Boom Emerges As House Sales Lag New home construction is struggling to get its footings in Connecticut, but there's a building boom in the making for one kind of housing that you might not expect: apartments. The driving force: Apartment vacancy is expected to fall to less than 3 percent this year in the Hartford area, making it one of the strongest markets in the country. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_033112.asp

Apartment Juggernaut Rolls In Larry Gottesdiener built most of his Hartford commercial real estate empire when prices were depressed in the '90s and earlier this decade. So it's no surprise that his biggest deal in 17 years at Northland Investment Corp. — the creation of a $2 billion apartment portfolio — comes in the midst of a housing recession. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_040108.asp

Apartment Rents Keep Dropping In Hartford Area Attention apartment hunters: Rents in the Hartford area are dropping. A recent report showed that average monthly rents in the Hartford area — within 10 miles of the center of the city — fell 2 percent in the first three months of this year to $921, from $937 in the last three months of 2009, according to Rentjungle.com, an apartment search engine and research firm. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_040910.asp

Apartment Rents Rise In Hartford Area If you're looking for an apartment in the Hartford area, you might have to dig a little deeper for the monthly rent, according to a survey released recently. Between April and June, the average rent for an apartment in Hartford jumped by $81 a month, or 9 percent, to $1,002, from $921 in the first three months of the year, according to Rentjungle.com, an apartment search engine and research firm. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 07, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_070710.asp

Apartment Rents Rise In Hartford Area The apartment rental market in Hartford showed modest improvement in 2010, with average monthly rents increasing 4.3 percent in the last three months of 2010, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new report. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_010411.asp

Apartments Offer Relief For Tenants Who Lose Jobs Massachusetts-based Northland has launched its Rent Assurance Program, which enables renters to walk away from a lease without being responsible for rent payments for the remaining term of the lease or other fees, if they lose their income involuntarily. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_062309.asp

Apartments Proposed For 1880s Hartford Office Building An 1880s office building near Hartford’s Union Station auctioned last fall after a foreclosure could soon get a new kind of tenant: apartment renters. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_022513.asp

Are HOPE VI Families at Greater Risk for Homelessness? In this brief, the claim that relocation of Hope VI families puts them at risk of homelessness is evaluated. It concludes that while some HOPE VI original residents did experience homelessness, the number of homeless families is not as large as many critics feared. (PDF document, 8 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope7

Are Renters Being Discriminated Against Because They’re Getting Section 8 Subsidies? The ads for housing rentals in Voices, a small community paper circulating in western Connecticut, were blunt — and illegal. It’s illegal in Connecticut to discriminate against tenants paying with Section 8 vouchers, a federal program that covers all but 30 percent of the rent for families who qualify under low-income guidelines. It’s also illegal to discriminate against families with children. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_advocate_081710.asp

Artist Housing Threatened In this editorial, the Courant staff expresses the opinion that one of the effective tools for reviving cities has been the use of subsidized housing for artists. Unfortunately, that tool is now threatened. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_082907.asp

As Green As It Gets Tom Condon writes about an effort by United Technologies Corp. which will help revitalize Hartford’s North End neighborhood. The company is helping the neighborhood agency SAND Corp. build what are called "Net Zero Energy" homes — homes that will produce about as much energy as they use. They are starting with a pilot project of three homes on Earle Street, a comfortably nondescript, two-block street off Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111608.asp

Asylum Hill Revitalization Progressing, But Buildings Stand In The Way In the late 1990s, a neighborhood group in Hartford's Asylum Hill drew up a list of nearly 50 blighted properties as part of an action plan for revitalization. All of those properties except one have either been renovated or knocked down, reflecting a sustained effort to maintain and improve the neighborhood in good times and bad. The lone holdout is a dilapidated Queen Anne-style house at the corner of Laurel and Niles streets. It isn't for lack of effort. Several people and groups have tried to buy it. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_120810.asp

At a New Dutch Point, A Fresh Start A groundbreaking ceremony this week for the new $60 million Dutch Point Colony on the leveled property where the old projects stood. Many former residents, along with other citizens, want to make sure that this time, Dutch Point will be a place where kids can play outside and parents won't have to hole themselves up inside. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_101905.asp

At Housing Conference, Arguments Against Suburban Sprawl Overhauling Connecticut's public policies so that they encourage mixed-income, higher-density housing near transit lines can stop suburban sprawl, ease highway congestion and limit pollution. That's the claim of Partnership for Strong Communities, a housing advocacy group that hosted a roundtable discussion with top state leaders recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/urbansprawl/htfd_courant_031009.asp

Auction Off For Hartford Building The owners of the former Hartford Office Supply Co. building in Hartford's Frog Hollow recently averted a foreclosure auction, less than two days before the bidding was to begin, court documents show. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_092113.asp

Authority Has New Chief The Hartford Housing Authority has chosen a new executive director, more than a year after firing its last director amid concerns about alleged financial irregularities. The new leader is Alan Green, a resident of the city's West End. He is expected to start on Jan. 4, 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_121407.asp

Awaiting A Makeover Long unused except as a target for vandals, the multistory office building known as Capitol West, at 1-7 Myrtle St., looms alongside the Asylum Avenue exit of I-84. Now for the good news: The building's taxes are current, and according to James Vance, the architect hired to remake Capitol West into 97 living units with an on-site health club, there's been much progress recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_082006.asp

Banks Remain Cautious As Rental Market Blossoms While developers continue to take an interest in apartment housing projects in downtown Hartford, finding the financing to get developments off the ground remains a challenge, as banks remain cautious about making big bets on speculative projects. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_022712.asp

Board Awards Project The multimillion-dollar development project at the heart of a federal lawsuit alleging corruption inside the Hartford Housing Authority was awarded to a Massachusetts developer recently, as public housing residents praised the process for its transparency and board members defended themselves against allegations of bid-rigging. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_092006.asp

Budget Proposals Turn Back Clock On Supportive Housing In this opinion piece, the author suggests that recent budget proposals for Connecticut in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009 would withdraw the modest funding for the support services that residents in 150 new supportive housing units would need to succeed. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_051009.asp

Building a Landscape of Hope As the nation’s oldest Community Action Agency, The Community Renewal Team has been preparing our community to meet life’s challenges since our founding in 1963. We’ve built on the foundation our organizers laid to become Connecticut’s largest CAA, known throughout the Greater Hartford area for providing services to thousands in need of a helping hand each year. We’ve helped change the lives of our neighbors through our energy assistance, nutrition, housing, Head Start, employment, neighborhood and youth services. But over the past 10 years, we’ve also helped change the landscape of our entire hometown. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_021810.asp

Building Booming: November Permits Keep State On Pace For Busiest Year Since 1989 November's housing construction in Connecticut was the strongest in 16 years, boosted by lower-than-expected mortgage rates and weather warm enough to sink foundations Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/courant_122904.asp Related Link(s): Department of Economic & Community Development

Building To Sprout Penthouse Ten new penthouse condominiums will soon raise the roof of the Metropolitan residential project on Pearl Street in Hartford, promising prospective buyers less noise, better views and - according to the building's backers - a bit of ego as well. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_030806.asp

Bushnell Apartments Back On Market The owners of Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park want to sell the property, in a move that will likely convert the luxury apartments to condominiums. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_073007.asp

Bushnell Condo Owners Want Answers Nearly two dozen Bushnell on the Park condo owners have been granted the right to join the ongoing foreclosure case involving the signature downtown Hartford property. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_011810_1.asp

Bushnell Regency Owes Nearly $275,000 In Condo Fees A bankruptcy filing cast light on just how far behind the owner of more than two-thirds of condominium units at Bushnell on the Park in downtown Hartford apparently was in paying condo fees. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032710.asp

Bushnell Regency Sued Over Condo Dealings Nearly a dozen condo owners in downtown Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park have filed suit against the property’s majority owners, who are facing foreclosure, alleging they have violated state condo laws. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_032210.asp

Bushnell Still Twisting The majority owner of the condos at Bushnell on the Park gets another chance to avoid foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_021610.asp

Calls For New Taxes Ignore State's Reality Rick Green comments that Connecticut is the state with the eighth highest overall cost of living, a state that lost tens of thousands of young, educated and wealthy residents over the last decade because there isn't enough opportunity here. The cost of living here is driving people away. We are not getting the services we deserve from the $17 billion we spend. We need to do something to tell the world that Connecticut isn't such a bad place to run a business. Starting the discussion with a call to raise taxes won't help. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_012810.asp

Capewell Horse Nail Factory In Hartford Gets Grant For Clean-Up Plans to convert the former Capewell Horse Nail factory in Hartford into housing have stumbled for more than a decade, but the project got a $2 million boost this week, winning a state brownfields clean-up grant. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_041813.asp

Capewell Townhomes Project Moves Ahead The Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) recently closed on the sale of the first Capewell Townhomes unit in February. CILis a not-for-profit specialist that provides real estate development, construction and management services to state, municipal and other not-for-profit entities. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 21, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_022113.asp

Capitol West Building Could Become Housing For years, the building at the Asylum Street exit off I-84 west has been one of the city's worst blights, its eye socket-like cutout a curiosity for passing motorists. But that odd-looking space could become home to a fitness center if the building is converted to apartments or condominiums, as a developer has proposed. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_080806.asp

Chance Of A Lifetime Done with verve and imagination, the new development of Westbrook Village and Bowles Park housing projects can change the area for the better, even change the image of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_031212.asp

Change Rattles Asylum Hill Developer David Nyberg has spent more than $11 million to buy more than a dozen apartment buildings with 250 units in Asylum Hill. He wants to spend roughly the same amount to rehabilitate and upgrade those apartments. Nyberg's offers of cash to get people to leave - and his refusal to renew leases - has stirred community concerns that Nyberg is, in the short term, displacing tenants and, in the long term, trying to trade working people for a more upscale crowd. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071507.asp

CHFA Chooses Development Team For Downtown Hartford Apartment Project The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has chosen Lewis and Pearl Street Ventures, a Hartford-based team, to spearhead development for a $40 million project at 95-101 and 111 Pearl St. that would include new apartments and retail space. The team includes: Sanford Cloud Jr., CEO of The Cloud Co., a Hartford real estate development firm; Alan Lazowski, chairman and chief executive of LAZ; Martin J. Kenny, the developer of Trumbull on the Park; and Timothy Henkel, Sr., a Philadelphia-based developer. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_103112.asp

Church Prepared A Place For Itself In the late 1980s, St. Monica's Episcopal Church saw a problem coming. Though many of Hartford's most prominent West Indian and African Americans still made their way to the small, stately brick church on Mather Street each Sunday, the parish was graying and not growing. They developed a plan that would keep the church in the city, and the church is now in the process of selling the Mather Street church building and starting construction on a new church on Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FaithCommunity/htfd_courant_030407.asp

City Agency Misspent Funds, Audit Finds Federal auditors have found that the Hartford Housing Authority misspent millions of federal housing dollars, using the money, among other things, to outsource a pricy inspection contract and to pay private landlords for apartments infested with cockroaches and rats. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_031706.asp

City Council Insults North Hartford By Selling Off Park In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the recent decision by Hartford's City Council to sell five acres of park land in north Hartford so a developer can build housing on it makes no sense. The destruction of what is known as Brackett Park robs one of the city's poorest neighborhoods of prized green space. Plans by Toraal Development to leave three of the seven-plus acres for a playground are pitifully insufficient. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_103009.asp

City Helps First-Time Home Buyers Mayor Pedro Segarra doesn't show up to congratulate most first-time home buyers in Hartford. But the mayor was just one of the many people who gathered to celebrate the milestone for Richard Sanchez. Sanchez bought his home this July through the city's Neigborhood Stabilization Program, part of a network of organizations that helped in everything from financing to counseling on responsible ownership. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_081311.asp

City Landmark Faces Foreclosure The owners of Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park, located in the heart of downtown, have defaulted on a mortgage for part of the landmark property and are currently in the foreclosure process, court documents show. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 24, 2009
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City Likely To OK Houses A request by two former city officials to build houses on the site of a city park is poised to be approved by the city council, over the objections of some residents and a national low-income advocacy group who say the plan takes away one of the few green spaces left in Hartford's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_112805.asp

City Living A Draw In a partnership between the University of Hartford - which has more students who need beds than beds to offer - and the developers of the Temple Street apartments at the old Sage-Allen building, a minimum of 136 students will eventually call downtown Hartford home. The project is still under construction, but the first students will begin moving in January 2007. The project will bring university students to live in the land of offices, high-end high-rises and downtown hope. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 11, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_121106.asp

City of Hartford Completed Development Projects 1999 - 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of development projects completed from 1999 to 2006. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Completed2006.pdf

City of Hartford Neighborhood Stabilization Program Local Action Plan The current foreclosure crisis has affected every neighborhood in the City of Hartford and has had a profound effect on the lives of countless citizens. The nature of Hartford’s housing stock, coupled with the state’s lowest homeownership rate of 24.6%, magnify the crisis. The City’s primary programmatic approach is to support the efforts of the last eight years, by focusing Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to create diverse homeownership opportunities. This document outlines guiding principles on how to best maximize the opportunities presented in the NSP in Hartford. (PDF document, 68 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services City of Hartford, Department of Development Services
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/Neighborhood_Stabilization_Action_Plan.pdf

City of Hartford Proposed Development Projects - Public and Private May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of proposed development project, both public and private as of May 2006. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Metro_Hartford_Alliance_Proposed_20061.pdf

City of Hartford, Department of Development Services, Project Updates This report is an update on the various planning and development projects undertaken by the City of Hartford Department of Development Services. (PDF document, 73 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services City of Hartford, Department of Development Services ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/DowntownDevelopment/Project_Updates-January_2013.pdf

City Plan Goes to the Neighborhoods Over 100 people from the Asylum Hill, Parkville and West End neighborhoods crowded into United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue recently to hear about – and comment – on the City of Hartford’s proposed Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD 2020). The POCD will guide city planning for the next 10 years. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_021110.asp

City Ready To Pull Plug On Plaza Mayor City officials are about to terminate their support for the stalled $32 million mixed-use Plaza Mayor project intended to serve as the gateway to Park Street unless the developers secure financing and submit final plans for approval. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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City Sees Potential, Makes a Plan Mayor Perez focuses on revitalizing 'Downtown West' with housing, entertainment and retail services. The city's Planning Division has completed an initial study of the neighborhood. The study looks at the area parcel by parcel, identifies development "anchors, challenges, and opportunities" and plans a series of actions that include beginning discussions with property owners, seeking funding for a new public garage, and more. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 9, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_080905.asp

City Slates $50M For Neighborhood Rehabs Within a few weeks, the city of Hartford will name a private developer charged with the task of developing a plan for improving multiple properties on Barbour Street in northeast Hartford. In February, the city issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, for developers that would work with the city on improving the Barbour Street corridor. If successful, there could be similar projects lined up in other areas of the city, including in Hartford’s Franklin Avenue corridor, in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, and Homestead Avenue corridor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 26, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_052608_1.asp

City's Downtown Rebound The 90-year old Metropolitan building is turning into upscale residential property in downtown Hartford. The project represents the first one being built purely with private financing among a new generation of housing under construction throughout the downtown. Seven years after the state first proposed to set aside $35 million to subsidize the construction of new market-rate housing in the city, 2005 is setting up to be the year when downtown begins to make the transition into a residential neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_022705_c.asp

Cleaning House Suits claim a local realty company is fleecing former renters, many of them recent University of Hartford grads. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_advocate_030309.asp

Coalition Seeks to Make Housing More Affordable A coalition of housing groups, banks and business leaders said recently that it plans to find ways to help Connecticut residents afford to buy homes, saying that too many are being priced out of the red-hot housing market. According to HOMEConnecticut, an initiative of the Hartford-based Partnership for Strong Communities, many families earning the median income in 157 of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns cannot qualify for a mortgage to buy a home at today's median prices. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_052506.asp

Common Ground - Supportive Housing Common Ground is a New York-based organization that is working on a supportive housing project in Hartford at 410 Asylum Street. Supportive housing provides apartments and social services for low income residents. Common Ground's web site includes a FAQ page on the Hartford project, more information about supportive housing and successful projects in New York. Published by Common Ground Common Ground
Document Link: http://www.commonground.org/replication/FAQ_conn.asp

Connecticut Capitol Region Home Sales Price Report; July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004 Presents residential sales price data and analysis for the 2004 fiscal year (all years listed are fiscal years from July 1 to June 30). (PDF document; 22 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments Capitol Region Council of Governments ; Publication Date: October 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_10_2004.asp

Connecticut Counts 2008: Point-in-Time Homeless Count Final Report On January 30, 2008 communities across Connecticut conducted their second statewide count of homeless individuals and families. (PDF document, 188 pages) Published by Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness ; Publication Date: July 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/homelessness/pointintimereport08.pdf Related Link(s): Corporation for Supportive Housing ; Reaching Home Campaign - Partnership for Strong Communities

Connecticut Foreclosure Filings Decline In May Connecticut foreclosure filings fell by nearly 30 percent in May compared with the previous month, according to a new report, but they are still nearly 90 percent higher than in May of 2009. The number of properties with filings in May fell 28.4 percent to 2,088, down from 2,915 in April, according to RealtyTrac, the foreclosure tracking firm, in its monthly report of national and state-by-state foreclosure trends. May's decline comes after a modest increase in filings in April. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/htfd_courant_061010.asp

Connecticut Foreclosures Up More Than 10 Percent In 2010 Despite lulls in foreclosure activity last year, properties hit with foreclosure in Connecticut increased more than 10 percent in 2010 compared with the previous year, according to a report released recently — and foreclosure activity in the state does not yet appear to be leveling off as it is elsewhere in the country. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_011311.asp

Connecticut House Sales In 2011: Lowest In A Generation Connecticut's house sales in 2011 sank to their lowest level since at least the mid-1980s, dropping below even the levels of the devastating housing recession that gripped New England in the early 1990s. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_020112.asp

Connecticut Housing Costs 2012 In Connecticut for FY 2012, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,226. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities – without paying more than 30% of income on housing – a household must earn $4,088 monthly or $49,051 annually. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by Connecticut Housing Coalition Connecticut Housing Coalition ; Publication Date: 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/CT2.pdf

Connecticut Housing Trust Fund for Economic Growth & Opportunity Web Site State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier has proposed the establishment of a $100 million Housing Trust Fund for Economic Growth & Opportunity that could result in an additional $1.4 billion in private sector and public funds devoted to creating additional housing throughout the state over the next 10 years. Published by Office of the State of Connecticut Treasurer Office of the State of Connecticut Treasurer ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_2005_b.asp

Connecticut To Use State, Federal Funds On Housing, Loans For Low- To Moderate-Income Borrowers The state plans to use federal and state funds to help communities rehabilitate vacant, foreclosed homes and help low- to moderate-income borrowers move into them, Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/htfd_courant_041209.asp

Construction Could Begin Next Spring On Constitution Plaza Apartment Tower A builder who envisions a new, 195-unit apartment tower at Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford brought the proposal to city planners recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_101912.asp

Construction On Front Street Apartments Expected In Early Fall At a recent meeting of the Real Estate Financing Association of Connecticut, a panel of developers and officials focused on the outlook for housing in downtown Hartford in the coming months. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_022713_1.asp

CRDA Approves Funding For Two, Smaller-Scale Apartment Conversions Two of the smaller-scale apartment conversions planned for downtown Hartford — on Allyn and Ann streets — were approved for funding late Thursday by the Capital Region Development Authority. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032213.asp

CRDA Moving Quickly on Housing Mission The newly minted Capital Region Development Authority has met just a few times, but is already off to a fast start in making some key decisions about the future of economic development for Greater Hartford. The quasi-public agency, which was established by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers this year to better coordinate economic development for the region, has already set aside $17.7 million for a major downtown Hartford housing project; targeted a new executive director; and launched a fact finding mission on the future use of major venues, including the XL Center. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_091712.asp

Creating Colt Developer Lance Robbins isn't sugarcoating the challenges that remain to make Colt Gateway a viable part of the community. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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Cripville Means Pride, Fear Teenagers with roots in Stowe Village have transformed its old nickname “Crookville” into “Cripville,” although those who identify with the new name do not recognize it as a gang or having any relation to the California gang. When Stowe Village was torn down, residents were spread out across Hartford, where their old ties are being mixed in with other similar groups, including those implicated in the shootings in January over a feud. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_051505_b.asp

CTFastrak Economic Benefit Already Evident in Local Housing Market Hartford, a suburb of New York? Boston? Who would have thought. But with modern technology, someone can live in Hartford, telecommute to New York, hop onto CTFastrack or metro North and be in the city by office hours to check in. Already, the potential of housing along the new access routes is about to surface. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_news_050913.asp

Data Point to Big Changes in Connecticut The Census Bureau's 2003 American Community Survey (ACS) numbers show significant changes in Connecticut demographics. Hartford Courant Staff Writer Mike Swift brings light to some of the most interesting results. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/People/courant_082704.asp Related Link(s): American Community Survey Data Tables for Connecticut, Hartford County, Hartford MSA and more

Demolition Begins On Hartford Housing Development Demolition has begun on the 157-unit, army barracks-style housing development known as Nelton Court, the last federally subsidized public housing still standing in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 28, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102811.asp

Demolition Planned to Clear Street for New Student Housing While an apartment building on Putnam Street was demolished after showing signs of impending collapse, multiple buildings with no apparent structural problems are being prepped for demolition a few streets away. To make room for prefabricated student housing at Trinity College, existing buildings are entering the removal process. At the end of the semester, appliances were being hauled outdoors from Trinity-owned houses on the west side of Crescent Street. Published by Real Hartford Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_052813.asp

Developer Emerges For Housing At Vacant Hartford Office Tower A Fairfield developer who successfully built New Haven's tallest apartment building two years ago is looking seriously at one of downtown Hartford's most visible — and vacant — office towers, the former Bank of America building, for conversion into rental housing. And the apartments would be mixed-income, with some moderately priced units, in contrast to many of the proposed and recently completed apartment projects in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_040212.asp

Developer Eyes 111 Pearl Street For New Hotel One of the biggest boosters for housing in downtown Hartford may have concluded that the area now has all the housing it can handle. But maybe not all the guest rooms it needs. According to city officials, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and its Trumbull Centre partner, developer Martin J. Kenny, are abandoning plans to convert 111 Pearl Street to apartments in favor of a plan to build a small hotel there. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/hbj_101606_a.asp

Developer Favors Condos Developer David Nyberg, owner of the old American Airlines building on Main Street, is changing his plan for the building: What was once going to be office and retail space could soon become condominiums. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_121705.asp

Developer Lines Up A Key Investor The man who wants to turn the century-old Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory into condominiums says he has a private investor for a partner and could start construction at the long-vacant complex in the city by September. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_042006.asp

Developer Wants Building Returned When developer Jose Reategui bought a city-owned building on Wethersfield Avenue two years ago, he said he was going to knock down the existing structure and put in elderly housing. But financial pressures and opposition from historic preservationists seeking to save the building stalled those plans, Reategui says, and, in November, he defaulted on his contract and the city took the property back. Now Reategui says he has revised his plans. He will retain the building, gut it, and build two-dozen market rate apartments inside. First, though, he'll have to negotiate a way to re-acquire the property. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_010908.asp

Developer's Plan In Hartford's North End Pits Homeownership Proponents, Green Space Champions Developer Albert Gary has a plan to use vacant land at Brackett Park in the city's North End for a housing development, the second time in a year he's proposed using city-owned open space for private construction. And, for the second time in a year, Councilman Luis Cotto says "no thanks." Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 18, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_101809.asp

Developers Break Ground The developers at the heart of a sweeping, now-disputed deal with the Hartford Housing Authority broke ground on 57 units of apartment housing recently. The roughly $15.7 million, publicly subsidized development called The Gateway will turn a vacant, 3-acre parcel just north of Hartford's downtown into a horseshoe of apartments for those living on low incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062607_a.asp

Development Projects Approved or Under Construction May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of development projects approved or under construction as of May 2006. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Alliance_Approved_UC_2006.pdf

Doing What It Said It Would Just two weeks after winning a court battle that cleared the way for a new development at Nelton Court, the Hartford Housing Authority has picked a contractor to help relocate the public housing residents later in 2009. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/cityline_042209.asp

Don't Let Dust-up Sink Crucial Hartford Project The Hartford Housing Authority is poised to initiate a critically important new development, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to redefine the University of Hartford campus and the northwest corner of the city. Because of this, the recent brouhaha at the authority is unsettling and demands close attention. The project is the remake of two aging housing projects, Bowles Park and Westbrook Village. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_091006.asp

Downtown Apartment Projects Supported By Market Demand An increase in the city's housing vacancy rate from 11.1 percent in 2000 to 15 percent in 2011, during which time hundreds of residential units were added to the downtown district. We are led to believe that the housing market deteriorated in spite, or perhaps because, of these previous development efforts. But, a tight focus on downtown proper reveals a healthy and strengthening residential market. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 01, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_040113.asp

Downtown Hartford Housing Projects Win State Funding Plans to convert two major downtown Hartford buildings into apartments — the former Bank of America tower on Main Street and the old hotel on Constitution Plaza — got a big boost recently, winning state approval for funding intended to promote affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_080212.asp

Downtown Hartford Landlord Adding Apartments In Two Buildings More one-bedroom apartments — one of the most sought-after residences in downtown Hartford — are coming to the city's central business district. PMC Property Group already has approval to add nine units to the former American Airlines building at 915 Main St., city officials said. In addition, PMC gained approval from the city to add six units in the first floor of 55 Trumbull St., the former SNET building. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_121411.asp

Downtown Housing for Modest Incomes The City of Hartford and Common Ground have settled on a housing development plan for the building at 410 Asylum Street. The compromise ends a debate that began in September 2003, when the property's previous owners donated the building to Common Ground. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfdcourant_080105.asp

Downtown Living Units Find Takers Downtown Hartford’s newest residential building appears to have tapped an underserved sliver of the urban housing market. The Hollander Foundation Center, 410 Asylum St., opposite Bushnell Park, has signed takers for its 56 apartments priced at below market monthly rents of $600 to $900 for residents whose incomes qualify, leasing officials say. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 26, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_042610.asp

Drug Blight Imperils North End Rehab After buying apartment buildings on Bedford Street in Hartford, developer Raymond Eshaghoff has invested well over $4 million to fix them up. The complex has all kinds of lighting and security cameras, an on-site manager and a police substation. He bought two lots on Brook Street for parking. Rents are not steep. The long-troubled neighborhood appeared on the verge of a resurgence. But, that resurgence hasn't happened and will not happen until something is done about the drug problem in the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071110.asp

Dutch Point Condo Project To Draw Homeowners To City The construction of 58 townhouse condominiums underway at the former Dutch Point housing project on Wyllys Street promises to boost Hartford’s homeownership rate, which is still among the lowest in the nation. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/hbj_092908.asp

Easy Living At Precious Prices Despite signs that the local real estate market in general is cooling, experts in housing and economics say there are plenty of people l looking for luxury condos, from suburban active adult communities to sky-rise buildings in downtown Hartford. More than 5,000 condominium units are planned for the region, including units already under construction, approved by local zoning boards or in the midst of the approval process. The condos, many of which resemble detached single-family homes, range in price from about $250,000 to $1 million. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_112705.asp

Edgewood Street Rehabs Are Christian Activities Council's Latest Effort In Upper Albany Area Two buildings on Edgewood Street are the latest to be transformed by the Christian Activities Council's Upper Albany Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on revitalizing a 15-block area of Upper Albany Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_071009.asp

Election Over, But Change Still On Hold At Chappelle Gardens Residents agitating for change at Chappelle Gardens had hoped an election July 20, 2010 to choose new leaders would be the first step in solving what they say are long-standing problems at the 188-unit affordable housing complex in the North End. But more than a week after the election, the outcome remains unclear and there is more confusion than certainty about the future of Chappelle Gardens. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_072910.asp

Elegant West End Condo Building Lost To Fire The lovely, 12-unit, early 20th century building at 45-51 Evergreen Ave. in Hartford was destroyed by fire recently and had to be demolished. No one was injured, but the airy, elegant, railroad-style condominiums, with high ceilings, fireplaces and other amenities, are gone. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_072510.asp

Ending the Spectre of Youth Homelessness Homelessness among young people does not always mean that students live out of cars, or on the streets. It means that they have no stable place to make a life. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_news_021909.asp

Everybody Forgets...Or Didn't Know Mike McGarry reminisces about the changes in Hartford to the area where Walmart and the Hartford Jobs Academy are today, and where a public housing complex called Charter Oak Terrace once stood. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 17, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_news_011713.asp

Federal Auditors Cite City Housing Authority Federal auditors at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have cited the city and the Hartford Housing Authority for spending more than $5 million in federal money on ineligible projects. The department has recommended imposing financial sanctions on both the city and the authority. It also is calling on both entities to revamp their internal monitoring procedures in order to prevent future mishaps. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102705.asp

Federal Protections Seek To Help Tenants In Foreclosed Homes New state and federal laws enacted in the last two years are supposed to protect renters in a foreclosed property, preventing them from being tossed out with little or no notice when the bank takes over. A new federal law requires that tenants in foreclosed properties receive at least 90 days' notice, or until a lease expires, before an eviction can begin. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032110.asp

Final Reunion At St. Joseph's Recently, the last class reunion was held at the former St. Joseph Cathedral School on Asylum Avenue. The building is being converted into 28 two- and three-bedroom apartments for poor families by the Catholic Charities. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_061107.asp

Finding The Right Mix To Fulfill Hartford’s Housing Demand The right components to drive successful economic development in Hartford include those that get people living and working in downtown. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) is currently working with the goal of 3000 units of housing in its district and was granted $60 million by the state legislature to use as assistance. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_050913_1.asp

Finding the Way Back on Track Two local men are repaying their debt to society by starting a summer employment program for kids from Nelton Court. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 28, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_072805.asp

First Apartment Tenants Expected At Main Street Tower In A Year The first apartment dwellers could be moved into the bank turned residential tower on Main Street by February 2014. Bruce Becker, of Becker + Becker Associates Inc. in Fairfield said the $78 million conversion of the former Bank of America tower wouldn’t be completed by then. But tenants, he said, can move in while work is moving forward elsewhere in the 26-story tower. The Hartford City Council approved a proposal that allows Mayor Pedro Segarra to enter into a 15-year tax fixing agreement with Becker for the tower and an adjacent garage at 45 Asylum St. The agreement mandates that the developer make street-level retail space at a reduced rental rate. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_022713.asp

For Some, City Condos Beckon The old Hartford Electric Light Co. is now called The Metropolitan Condominiums. The condos were among the first to go on sale downtown in years. Three are already sold, and 10 or so are waiting for closings to be scheduled. Construction on the building's top-floor units - rooftop additions to the pre-existing structure - could be complete within a few months. Their owners are on the first wave of what Hartford boosters hope will be a flood of folks flocking downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_070506.asp

For The Homeless, Housing Rick Green comments on the development of supportive housing in Hartford. Providing an apartment, with appropriate medical and mental health and counseling services, to the homeless makes something significant happen. Residents reduced their use of services by close to 40 percent. Connecticut needs to spend money on permanent homes for the homeless, not on shelters, emergency medical and mental health care, and jails. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_112707.asp

Foreclosure Scorecard Needed To Keep Up With Hartford Building You need a scorecard to keep up with the foreclosures on the old Hartford Office Supply Co. building at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Flower Street in Hartford. For the second time in as many years, the 150,000-square-foot brick and brownstone structure — last envisioned for conversion into apartments — has been hit with a foreclosure filing, according to court records, this time by the company that bought a tax lien on the property. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_031912.asp

Foreclosures Blindsiding Renters While the political debate about the foreclosure crisis has spotlighted the struggles of single-family homeowners who can’t keep up with their mortgage payments, it has rarely touched on the plight of the renter. But a new study reveals that a third of Connecticut’s foreclosures — accounting for more than half of the total units foreclosed on — are for multifamily housing. In many of those cases, low-income families are being booted because their landlord fell behind on mortgage payments. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 26, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_052608.asp

Foreclosures On The Rise In Connecticut Home sales and prices appear to be gaining some stability in Connecticut, but a recent sobering report showed that the number of residential borrowers struggling to make mortgage payments is higher than at any other time in the past 30 years. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 20, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_022010.asp

Former Hartford Housing Authority Director Dies Alan Green, the former executive director of the Hartford Housing Authority, regarded for his influence over several key redevelopment projects, has died. He was 66. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2012
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Former Housing Authority Head Dies John Wardlaw came to Hartford as football player and left it as one of the city’s most influential public figures. The man who reinvented the city’s concept of public housing and changed the very look of Hartford itself passed away at home on November 7, 2008. He was 72. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Forum Addresses Children, Families A child welfare forum at Central Connecticut State University focused on ways current state and federal funding needs to be changed to better protect children and promote healthy families. Panelists demonstrated the importance of keeping families together, supporting children in foster care and continuing to support them once they are adopted or return home. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2005
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Forum Looks At How Housing Can Help Close Achievement Gap A recent panel discussion in Hartford brought education and housing advocates together to discuss how housing relates to a child's achievement in school. It was sponsored by the Partnership for Strong Communities. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2012
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Four Hundred Ten Asylum Is A Go In this editorial, the Courant praises the nonprofit organization, Common Ground, for restoring the historic Capitol Building at 410 Asylum St. in Hartford. The building will contain 70 units of affordable and market-rate housing with retail and commercial space on the ground floor. It will also be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified "green" multifamily building in the state, and will even have a green roof. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2008
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Four-Million-Two-Hundred-Thousand Dollar Federal Grant Goes To Greater Hartford Greater Hartford landed a $4.2 million federal grant recently to plan transportation and housing initiatives, and New Haven received $16 million to start reconstructing part of Route 34 as an urban boulevard. The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant for the Hartford region will be used to plan housing near the proposed New Britain-to-Hartford busway and along the route of the Springfield-to-New Haven rail line. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2010
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Four-Ten Asylum Street In Hartford — Affordable Housing That's Green A decade ago, history saved 410 Asylum Street from the wrecking ball. Now, low rents for downtown workers and an environmentally friendly design will put it back on the map. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2008
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Fourteen Tenants Moving In At Colt Complex Hartford's Colt factory complex is getting its first upscale apartment dwellers, the latest development in the city providing a way for people to live in and around downtown. Fourteen tenants, many of them former residents of artists' housing at the old Colt, have signed leases and are now moving into the south armory, the first of three former factory buildings in the complex to be renovated for rental housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2006
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Fund Proposed To Reduce Blight Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez is proposing a $50 million fund to address blight in various city neighborhoods, money he says will be used to attract private developers to turn boarded-up buildings into affordable rental and homeownership opportunities. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2007
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Future Of Capewell Factory Conversion Now Uncertain An office complex in Hartford’s Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood, part of which dates to the early 1900s, was sold recently to a nonprofit housing group that plans to lease to other nonprofits, offering shared space and below-market rental rates. Although The Corporation for Independent Living acquired Hartford Square West for $4.7 million, the group put off taking ownership of the old Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory next door in the face of rising environmental clean-up costs. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2013
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Good, Stable Housing Gives Students A Big Lift Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has made the largest investment in housing creation and preservation in Connecticut in decades, and has declared 2012 the year of education. These two goals demonstrate the governor's less visible, but equally vital, ability to make connections between policy areas and develop coordinated solutions. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 12, 2012
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Grandfamily Open House on Clark St. The Hartford Grandfamily Housing Development, a new affordable housing option for seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren, held an open house for prospective tenants and interested social service providers on January 31, 2008. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
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Greater Hartford Pending House Sales Fall Sharply House sales under contract but not closed in Greater Hartford plunged 51 percent in May compared with the previous month as the federal home buyer tax credit wound down, according to a recent report. The decline may be an early indicator that the strong sales recorded this spring were boosted by the tax credit and may not continue to be as strong. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Capewell Townhouses Mayor Segarra and other officials donned construction helmets recently before digging with their ceremonial shovels at the groundbreaking for the “Capewell Townhomes.” Published by Real Hartford Real Hartford ; Publication Date: October 28, 2011
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Group Enters Rental Market Dilapidated buildings in various parts of Frog Hollow and Barry Square will soon be converted to affordable rental housing, thanks to Fannie Mae, the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance and the Broad-Park Development Corp. Section 8 vouches will be accepted. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 3, 2005
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Group Sees Progress In Affordable Housing An effort to encourage towns and cities to work with developers to create more affordable housing won a partial victory in the recently concluded Connecticut legislative session. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 4, 2007
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Guide to Hartford Fair Rent Commission This tenant guide to the Hartford Fair Rent Commission describes the process of filing a complaint against a landlord. The Hartford Fair Rent Commission is empowered by state and local law to address unreasonable rent increases. If the tenant believes that his/her rent increase is excessive, they can file a written complaint with the Fair Rent Commission. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by City Of Hartford, Fair Rent Commission City Of Hartford, Fair Rent Commission
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Habitat For Humanity To Build 16 Homes The Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity will begin work in April on 16 single-family units on South Marshall Street. A groundbreaking for the project, which is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete, is scheduled for April 1, 2011. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2011
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Hammers For Peace Since July, Hartford Habitat for Humanity has been building a House of Abraham, which uses volunteers from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Hartford's may be the first project to include an educational component. As part of the construction project, there will a Habitat-sponsored discussion of the three faiths, their stories and traditions. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 08, 2007
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Hartford 21: Population, 1 Hartford 21, the city's tallest residential tower with 36 stories and 262 units, opened for business recently. Workers outside the tower were still busy power-washing the valet entryway and hand-cleaning the stainless steel facade of the Civic Center next door. Inside, contractors and electricians dealt with final details. Only one tenant actually moved in - the others are expected to trickle in over the next couple of weeks. But Michael Grunberg didn't waste any time. Grunberg, the owner of two prominent downtown high-rises, unpacked his antiques and his flat-screen televisions into his 22nd floor apartment. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 2, 2006
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Hartford Allows Granny Flats — State Should Do Same Hartford took a small step toward a healthier population density when the city council recently approved an ordinance that allows apartments in historic barns or carriage houses. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2012
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Hartford Apartment Project Should Serve Mix Of Incomes Top city officials were telling people for weeks that the proposed conversion of the former Hartford Office Supply Co. building on Capitol Avenue in Hartford would be a split between market-rate and affordable, rent-restricted apartments. But it turns out that is not the cas. The developer, Dakota Partners of Waltham, Mass., says all 112 apartments in the $30 million project will be affordable units. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2013
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Hartford Apartments To Get Facelift A project to renovate nine historic brick buildings on Vine Street has gotten a boost thanks to a $500,000 contribution from Connecticut Light & Power. Officials expect to begin the $15 million project in April. Nine three-story buildings at 4-40 Vine Street, known as the Horace Bushnell Apartments, will undergo significant improvements. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2012
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Hartford Area Home Sales Defy Experts Despite signs of slowing, sales of existing single-family homes in Greater Hartford rose in 2004, compared with the previous year, remaining far more robust than most economists had expected. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2005
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Hartford Authority Can't Use Federal Funds To Settle Gordon Matter The federal government has told the Hartford Housing Authority that it cannot use federal funds to settle a lawsuit brought by former Executive Director Lancelot Gordon because Gordon engaged in "a pattern of financial improprieties." Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2008
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Hartford carries the heaviest economic stress of any large city A study by American City Business Journals says that Hartford has more socioeconomic stress than other large U.S. cities. The rating is based on a seven-part formula to rate socioeconomic stress, using raw data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Cities that scored well were suburbs of larger urban cities like Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. Published by bizjournals bizjournals ; Publication Date: February 14, 2005
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Hartford City Council Votes To Turn Park Into Housing The Hartford City Council approved a plan to turn a North End park into housing recently, a decision one councilman who supported the plan said had clearly split the community. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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Hartford Civic Leader Richard Weaver-Bey Dies Richard Weaver-Bey — affordable housing developer, radio station owner and civic leader — died unexpectedly Saturday, May 17, 2008. He was 63. Weaver-Bey got his big break in business in 1970, when Harold Rothstein, then-owner of Greater Hartford Realty Management Corp., promoted him to run a division of the company. Weaver-Bey eventually took over that business, building affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2008
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Hartford Condo Plan Scrapped A developer's plan to take a 12-story, city-owned building just blocks from Hartford's Bushnell Park and turn it into a few dozen luxury condominiums has collapsed - a victim of the project's small size, high remediation costs and the rising cost of construction. Although the high-profile fall of the 101 Pearl St. project comes at a time of rapid growth in the downtown housing market, city officials and analysts say the project's demise is probably a function of its own set of circumstances and should not be seen as indicative of a wholesale softening of the downtown housing market. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2006
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Hartford Considers $5.3 Million in Bonds for Former Colt Factory The long-awaited redevelopment of the sprawling, former Colt factory complex in Hartford could get a critical boost from the city that would help complete a major portion of the project. Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has proposed spending $5.3 million in bond funds that would largely figure in completing the 129 apartments planned for the South Armory building. So far, 50 of the apartments have been built, with all but one occupied. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2012
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Hartford Getting Back A Taste Of Bliss For Hartford's new empty nesters and young urban professionals who develop a hankering for a bowl of pasta and some thyme roasted vegetables, a new store is coming to downtown. Bliss Market, a grocery store with a long Hartford history and a reputation for serving gourmet prepared meals, has signed a 10-year lease in the new Hartford 21 tower. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 8, 2006
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Hartford Halts Housing Project For Culinary Institute The city has stopped work on a project to turn several Asylum Hill apartment buildings into housing for up to 160 students at the Connecticut Culinary Institute, saying the developer failed to inform city officials about the plans. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2008
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Hartford Housing Authority Names Acting Executive Director The Hartford Housing Authority has appointed Annette Sanderson as its acting executive director. Sanderson, a lawyer who has served as the agency's general counsel, succeeds Alan Green, who resigned for health reasons after a 4 1/2-year tenure as head of the authority. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2012
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Hartford Housing Authority Remaking Itself Into A Force For Homeownership A new director, a new board and a focus on homeownership have helped the Hartford Housing Authority — mired in controversy a few years ago — to become a formidable player in the city's still-tepid economic development scene. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2011
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Hartford Housing Authority Settles With Former Chief The former executive director of the Hartford Housing Authority, Lancelot Gordon, who filed suit after he was fired in 2006 for allegedly misusing public money, will get nearly $150,000 from the authority's insurer, officials said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2008
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Hartford Housing Authority: Mystery Memo Is Back It's been a few years since allegations of corruption racked the Hartford Housing Authority. But there's an old mystery that won't go away: a disputed 2002 memorandum that developer Salvatore Carabetta says gives him the rights to develop Nelton Court and other sites. The authority has long disavowed the memo. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2009
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Hartford Is Bulking Up When he took office in January 2002, Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez set the ambitious goal of adding 2,500 owner-occupied housing units to the city in the next five years, 500 of them in the downtown area, for the purpose of increasing the city's low rate of homeownership. Skeptics said it wouldn't happen, and with less than a year left on his timetable it appears unlikely he will meet his objective on time. Nevertheless, even in falling short, the mayor has had a major impact on housing in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2006
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Hartford Leads Area in Growth of Home Prices A new survey by the Capitol Region Council of Governments found that the median housing price in Hartford jumped by 76.5 percent between 1999 and 2004, the largest increase by percentage in the 29-town region. While the substantial jump in housing prices is good news for those who own a home, higher prices limit choices of those with lower incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 5, 2004
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Hartford Metro Area Ranked Among Top 10 Buyer’s Markets There have been encouraging signs in the Hartford area’s housing market this spring, including a gain in the median sale price in May, the first in more than a year. But a new report by Zillow suggests that there are plenty of bargains in the Hartford metro area. The Hartford metro area ranked ninth in a list top 10 buyer’s markets compiled by Zillow using data from the 50 largest metro areas in the country. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2012
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Hartford Office Supply Building Again Targeted For Apartment Conversion A developer that plans to convert a downtown office building into apartments is looking at another similar project that could boost Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood. Dakota Partners, Inc. of Waltham, Mass. has an option to purchase the long-vacant, Hartford Office Supply Co. building at 390 Capitol Ave. — and could resurrect a failed 2008 plan to convert the building into about 115 apartments, city officials said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2013
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Hartford Projects Help Keep City Poor Tom Condon expresses the opinion that one reason there's a concentration of poor kids in Hartford schools is that government keeps building low-income housing in Hartford. The city needs people with a mix of incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2007
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Hartford Public Housing Reformer John Wardlaw Dies John Wardlaw, the man whose name became synonymous with a revolution in public housing during nearly 30 years as head of Hartford's housing authority, died Friday, November 7, 2008. He was 71. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2008
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Hartford Renter's Fight Leads To Fannie Mae Policy Change What began with a single mother in Hartford fighting her eviction has led to a policy change by Fannie Mae allowing renters to remain in their homes after their landlords are foreclosed on, a switch that could help thousands of renters across the country. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2008
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Hartford Revitalization: Case Study In Bad Policy Last month, Hartford announced its latest attempt at urban revitalization: a $78 million conversion of 777 Main Street, a vacant office tower, into 286 apartment units along with 35,000 square feet of street level retail. But, housing subsidies of this magnitude are simply not sustainable. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 25, 2013
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Hartford Seeking Housing Balance Plans were recently announced to revitalize a highly visible location on Main Street in downtown Hartford. The public-private partnership will convert the former Bank of America building from commercial offices into 286 apartment units. The total investment will be approximately $78 million and will move the city closer to accomplishing a myriad of economic development goals, including promoting a strong, active and economically diverse population in the city's downtown. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 15, 2013
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Hartford Tenant Fights To Stay In Home After Foreclosure Four days after Evelyn Colon paid the September rent for her Hartford apartment, a state marshal knocked on the door. He handed her a notice that she had to be out in a month. Fannie Mae, the huge mortgage financier, had foreclosed on her building and was evicting Colon and two other tenants. Colon is now fighting her eviction in what her attorneys believe is the first court challenge in the country to use a provision deep within the government's $700 billion bailout legislation to seek protection for renters facing eviction after foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 24, 2008
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Hartford To Return Wethersfield Avenue Building To Ex-Owner The city of Hartford has agreed to transfer property on Wethersfield Avenue back to its former owner, who now says that instead of demolishing the existing building, he plans to convert it to market-rate apartments. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 16, 2008
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Hartford Tops In Apartment Sales Hartford County blew other Connecticut counties out of the water in terms of apartment sales in 2007. It was a high year for apartment sales across the state, and Hartford County accounted for 52 percent of Connecticut’s multi-family building purchases. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 04, 2008
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Hartford's Dutch Point A Model Housing Project Tom Condon expresses the opinion that a reason to keep the federal Hope VI program, designed to replace dysfunctional public housing, stands on Wyllys Street on the southern fringe of downtown Hartford. What used to be there was the sad, squalid, drug-infested barrack-style Dutch Point Colony public housing project. What is there now is a colorful and delightful assemblage of urban forms on small, well-connected city blocks, the first phase of a $73 million project that is reinventing the dreary, low-income project as a lively, mixed-income rental and ownership development. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2007
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Hartford: Federal Aid For Housing The Capitol Region Council of Governments has been awarded federal assistance to develop responsible growth strategies for affordable housing, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced recently. The council, a regional planning agency representing Hartford-area municipalities, will receive technical assistance valued at approximately $45,000 from a team of national experts organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rell said. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2008
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HartfordInfo Today: The Foreclosure Crisis: What Does It Mean for Hartford and the Region Video A video of the April 23, 2009 community program, HartfordInfo Today: The Foreclosure Crisis: What Does It Mean for Hartford and the Region, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: April 23, 2009
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Helping Older Folks Stay AARP, the group that promotes the interests of older Americans, is conducting a pilot program in Asylum Hill called Livable Communities, one of eight such projects across the country. The goal: to help longtime residents over the age of 50 stay put. About 125 volunteers from AARP, The Hartford and Rebuilding America are retrofitting 10 one- and two-family homes in the Hill so they are more easily used by older people. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2006
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High-End Condos A Lofty Ambition The man who bought the Bank of America building on Main Street in Hartford wants to turn several of the office tower's upper floors into high-rise condominium units - with sweeping city vistas and river views that could help push the price as high as $300,000 or $400,000. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2006
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Historic Buildings Make Affordable Homes The first homes built on Zion and York Streets in Frog Hollow were within walking distance of nearby factories such as Pope Manufacturing and Pratt & Whitney. The workers who lived there were reasonably well-off, but horses and buggies were out of their price range. That was 1905. The factories have closed since then, and many of the century-old houses on Zion and York Streets have become blighted and been boarded up. But thanks to a joint effort of the state's Department of Economic and Community Development, the city and some local developers, the Frog Hollow historic houses are seeing new life. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 2, 2006
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Historic Homes To Get $3.4 Million Renovation Five boarded-up, 19th-century homes on Belden Street in Hartford's North End will be restored beginning in May. The project aims to revive both the historic homes and the block itself - one that is now a frequent stop for city police fighting drugs and crime. Financing for the project will be funded by the estimated $1.1 million in sales when the units are completed, plus $2.2 million from "gap financing" - grant money from various state and local agencies and nonprofits, including the state Department of Economic Development, the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, the Capital City Economic Development Authority and the city. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2005
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Historic Homes To Get $3.4 Million Renovation Five boarded-up, 19th-century homes on Belden Street in Hartford's North End will be restored beginning in May. The project aims to revive both the historic homes and the block itself - one that is now a frequent stop for city police fighting drugs and crime. Financing for the project will be funded by the estimated $1.1 million in sales when the units are completed, plus $2.2 million from "gap financing" - grant money from various state and local agencies and nonprofits, including the state Department of Economic Development, the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, the Capital City Economic Development Authority and the city. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2005
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Hollander Foundation Donates Capitol Center Office Building For Apartments The Capitol Center office building near Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford — vacant for more than a decade — could be converted into 40, mixed-income apartments, now that the six-story building has been donated to the same non-profit redeveloping the Swift factory in the city's North End. The building was donated late last month by the foundation of Milton B. Hollander and his late wife Betty Ruth. The Hollanders had previously donated the neighboring building at 410 Asylum St. to Common Ground, a New York-based non-profit also founded by Haggerty. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2011
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Home Prices Not So High Summary of report from the Capitol Region Council of Governments that examines housing sales from July 2003 through June 2004 in the Capitol region. Includes observations by local experts. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 5, 2004
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Home Prices Plummet In February Single-family home prices in Connecticut suffered their steepest year-over-year drop in at least 28 years, with the median home price 17.1 percent lower in February 2009 compared with February 2008, The Warren Group reported recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2009
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Home Sales Keep Falling Single-family home sales in Greater Hartford fell for the sixth straight month in July, a further sign that the area's housing market is cooling a bit from the torrid sales pace of the past four years. Despite slower sales, there is enough demand - and not an overabundance of homes for sale - to keep pushing sales prices higher, though not at the double-digit pace of the past few years. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 17, 2005
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Home Sellers' Loss, Landlords' Gain Strong growth in the apartment market last year is leading to rent increases throughout most of the Hartford region in 2007 - with hikes of as much as 8 percent. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 18, 2007
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Home Sweet Home My Sister's Place, a local nonprofit, will break ground next year on an apartment building in Hartford’s North End to house 30 of the city's homeless. The site of the new building is the former Proctor-Silex factory where an environmental clean-up is under way. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 26, 2007
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Home, Efficient Home A new house is taking shape on Risley Street, thanks to volunteers for the nonprofit group Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity. The two-story duplex will use some of the latest energy-efficient technologies and construction techniques, as well as recycled building materials. When it is completed the house will sport solar panels, a 90-percent-efficient furnace, extra insulation and other energy-saving features. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2006
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Homes To Go On Sale at Dutch Point On September 3, 2008 ground was broken for “The Townhomes at Dutch Point,” the homeownership phase of the total reconstruction of what was once one of Hartford’s most notorious housing projects. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 04, 2008
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Hope For Homeownership On One Hartford Street The two apartment buildings at the corner of Wolcott and Ward streets were built when Abraham Lincoln occupied the White House, but up until a year ago, the properties in Frog Hollow also appeared headed for the history books. Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance recently showcased a $1 million rehabilitation of the two buildings — now converted to four, two-family houses that will be sold to first-time home buyers. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2013
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Hope VI: Where Do We Go From Here? The 1993 HOPE VI program targets some of the most beleaguered housing in this country with the goals of "improving the living environment for residents of severely distressed public housing" and "providing housing that will avoid or decrease the concentration of very poor families." The seven briefs below are based on Urban Institute research conducted in 2001 and again in 2003 and 2005, following HOPE VI residents at five sites to evaluate where they moved and how the program has affected their overall well-being. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point, although it was not included among the five sites in this study. Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
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HOPE VI’d and On the Move This brief evaluates how successful the HOPE VI program has been in achieving its ambitious objectives. Residents who have moved to the private market or to mixed-income developments reported substantial improvements in the quality of their housing and are living in neighborhoods that are considerably lower poverty. In contrast, those who remained in traditional public housing—either their original development or a different one—experienced virtually no improvement in housing quality over time. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 page) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope1

Housing Assistance in Making Connections Neighborhoods This brief examines the scope and composition of housing assistance being provided through HUD programs to residents of the ten Making Connections neighborhoods. It also describes selected characteristics of the families that receive housing assistance and how their circumstances changed between surveys conducted in 2002/03 and 2005/06. At the latter date, the average share of eligible households that received assistance was 25 percent, the same as the national average, but there was considerable variation across sites: 46 percent of eligibles were assisted in Hartford and Louisville compared to only 13 percent or fewer in Des Moines, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: December 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_12_2008.asp

Housing Authority Executive Director Steps Down Hartford Housing Authority Executive Director Alan E. Green has resigned citing health reasons. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_020212.asp

Housing Authority Seeks Aid For Troubled Projects As the Hartford Housing Authority considers a long-term redevelopment plan for the decades-old, rundown Westbrook Village and Bowles Park housing projects, the short-term financial picture isn't pretty. So the authority's board is trying to get the state to chip in at the two state-built housing complexes that have gone without state operating aid. The authority wants about $800,000 - the amount it stands to lose this year keeping the two developments open. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_041007.asp

Housing Center Trouble Faced with the loss of federal funding, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center will close soon unless the state legislature approves $350,000 for it. State budget writers say they like the program but have made no assurances. The nonprofit organization investigates housing discrimination complaints and provides free legal assistance. For much of the last decade it has received 60 percent of its annual budget through a program run by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_031807.asp

Housing Choice Vouchers: How HOPE VI Families Fared in the Private Market This brief describes what happened to families who used a voucher to relocate from their original HOPE VI developments to the private housing market. The success of the HOPE VI program partly depends on the success of relocation with a voucher. HOPE VI has made significant progress in reducing poverty concentrations among original residents who moved with vouchers. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope3

Housing Complex Ordered To Address Residents' Concerns The management of Chappelle Gardens, a 188-unit affordable housing complex in the North End, has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address a variety of concerns raised recently by residents. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_060810.asp

Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools This report suggests that as the nation grapples with the growing gap between rich and poor and an economy increasingly reliant on formal education, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security. (PDF document, 31 pages) Published by Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program ; Publication Date: April 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/housing_costs_school_inequalitl.pdf

Housing Data: Statistics on Housing Growth in Connecticut Conflict A recent U.S. Census count showing stronger-than-expected growth in the number of Connecticut's apartments, condominiums and single-family houses in the last decade caught many by surprise, given towns and cities in the state had issued permits for 25 percent fewer units for the same period. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_051411.asp

Housing Groups Make Management Deal Two area nonprofit realty firms were established decades ago to address the notion that urban housing should be available and affordable. Broad-Park Development Corp. started in 1978 to give people living in Hartford's Frog Hollow and South Green neighborhoods the opportunity for homeownership. Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford opened its doors 10 years later. Broad-Park, eager to return to its roots collaborating on strategies that keep affordable housing within reach, starting July 1 is outsourcing the chores of collecting rent checks and doing maintenance for its 284 units to Mutual. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 06, 2009
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Housing Holdup: A Stale Scenario Or A Dirty Deal? In July 2004, public housing officials in Hartford were prepared to select a developer to rebuild two aging housing projects in Hartford's northwestern corner. The conditions at Westbrook Village and Bowles Park were worsening and it was time to tear them down and build anew. But the new chairman of the housing authority, Angel Arce, persuaded his colleagues on the board to put an abrupt halt to the process. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_092406.asp

Housing in Connecticut 2010: The Latest Measures of Affordability Connecticut remained an expensive state to buy or rent housing in 2009-10 despite a market buffeted by foreclosures and uncertainty. More families became homeless or edged closer to homelessness while the supply of affordable homes decreased and a huge number of households remained burdened by their housing costs. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Partnership for Strong Communities Partnership for Strong Communities ; Publication Date: November 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/hsginct2010.pdf

Housing In CT 2012: The Latest Measures of Affordability Connecticut continued to be buffeted by demographic and economic changes in 2012, but its housing resources struggled to keep up. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Partnership for Strong Communities Partnership for Strong Communities ; Publication Date: 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/PSC_HsgInCT2012_FINAL.pdf

Housing Key To Transit Finally, Connecticut is getting serious about transit. Many experts persuasively argue that a commuter rail lines and busways can relieve congestion and auto emissions, create jobs and stimulate Connecticut's economy. Transit makes sense for many reasons. But what doesn't get enough attention is housing and other development near transit stations. Housing is the missing link that makes transit work. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2009
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Housing Plan Could Hit Snag Nelton Court is the last of its kind. With 120 apartments in 14 buildings in Hartford's North End, this 65-year-old complex remains the only federally funded family housing development left in the city that hasn't been made over. Recently, the Hartford Housing Authority voted to do just that and to begin a $15 million project to relocate the project's residents, knock down the buildings, and construct new housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 14, 2007
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Housing Plan In Question When city attorneys in Hartford first considered whether it was a good idea to sell a North End park and give $800,000 in federal funds to a development team including two former high-ranking city officials, they balked. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
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Housing Talks Show Gains Settlement talks are underway in the legal dispute between the Hartford Housing Authority and the Meriden developer who says the authority reneged on a grand deal to remake much of the city's public housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_010607.asp

Housing Trust Fund: Hope For 1.5 Million Sister Patricia McKeon, RSM, executive director of the Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp. in Hartford, expresses the opinion that the passage of the affordable housing act, currently before the U.S. Congress, will give communities in Greater Hartford and across the nation the opportunity to make strides toward ending homelessness by providing safe and affordable housing for so many low-income families. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
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How To Revive Hartford, One Building At A Time In 2009, the first tenants moved into the graceful seven-story building at 410 Asylum Street in downtown Hartford, a major step in what historical preservationists (and hockey announcers) call "a great save." What was going to be a parking garage is instead a home to hundreds of people. A year later, it is well on its way to being a major success story — if they can just get a coffee shop. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_090510.asp

HYPE Party Participants Upbeat about City Upscale residences are rising all over Downtown Hartford, but will they be able to attract the young professionals who work at the area’s major corporations, law firms and other businesses? A surprisingly positive outlook on Hartford and its future was supplied by several participants at the HYPE Premier Party recently. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_news_061406.asp

I know Diane Randall Hartford is about to say goodbye to a shero. Diane Randall is leaving her role as executive director of Partnership for Strong Communities, a non-profit advocacy group, to become executive secretary (executive director) at Friends Committee on National Legislation, Washington’s oldest ecumenical lobby. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2010
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In Downtown Hartford, A Push To Convert Smaller Buildings, Many Of Them Vacant, Into Apartments A growing number of more modest housing developments, in and around the Hartford central business district are in the works. The CRDA is considering financing five of the smaller conversions, mostly in the Asylum Street area near Union Station, and there is potential for more, especially in and around Pratt Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2013
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In Praise Of Parkville's Prospects Everyone, it seems, is trying to be the next West Hartford Center. From Granby and Canton to South Windsor and Storrs, communities with malls or town centers are trying to replicate the mix of restaurants, stores and housing that's created such a buzz in West Hartford over the past decade. An area that could follow the same pattern as West Hartford, is Hartford's Parkville neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_021906.asp

Investor's Partnership Loses 23 Hartford Buildings To Foreclosure A major investor in downtown Hartford's troubled Bushnell on the Park condominium tower is involved in another partnership that has lost a portfolio of 23 apartment buildings elsewhere in the city to foreclosure, according to court documents and city records. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2010
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Investors in Alchemy Hamilton Point Investments just closed a deal to acquire the 129 rental units at the Bushnell on the Park in Hartford, making Hamilton Point one of downtown’s newest landlords. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 27, 2011
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Is Low-Income Housing What Hartford Needs? Tom Condon expresses the opinion that what Hartford really needs is more commercial development - more businesses that will provide the good jobs that will lift city residents into the middle class. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_070107.asp

Islam Pitches $53M Hartford Apartment Plan This list of proposed Downtown Hartford housing projects seeking State assistance is getting a bit longer. Middletown engineer and developer Abul Islam, who pitched erecting a 12-story retail-office tower on the former site of WFSB Channel 3's television studio in Constitution Plaza, has formally scrapped those plans and presented a new vision — a $53 million primarily residential tower that would add 195 affordable and market rate rental units in the heart of Downtown. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 22, 2012
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Keep Fraser Place Open This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that closing Fraser Place is not a good idea. Though the street isn't heavily used, it is the easiest way downtown for many residents of Asylum Hill, including those in the Ashley Street area, site of several newly renovated homes. The idea is to connect the neighborhoods with downtown, not disconnect them. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_012107.asp

Keep Hope VI Alive President Bush's budget proposal would eliminate funding for the Hope VI program next year, and require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to recapture the $143 million allocated to the program this year. Launched in 1992 following a national study of "severely distressed" housing projects, Hope VI helped local authorities remove and replace dysfunctional housing. A joint study of Hope VI last year by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution concluded that the program "has achieved substantial success." Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 29, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032905.asp Related Link(s): Keep Hope (VI) Alive ; Housing Research ; A Decade of Hope VI: Research Findings and Policy Challenges (PDF file: 72 pages)

Landmark On The Mend The fate of the landmark Capitol Building at 410 Asylum St. in Hartford, has been resolved to the benefit of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2007
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Landmark Will Get Second Look The effort to get historic landmark status for the Colt Gateway complex got a second life recently, after its rejection unleashed a flood of outrage from local, state and federal officials. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_121606.asp

Legislation Would Strengthen CT Home Foreclosure Mediation Program Connecticut’s home foreclosure mediation program has been a model for other states, but the governor and other state officials today announced proposed legislation that would further tighten the process. A key provision would require that banks have a representative who is not only is familiar with the case but who also has the authority to either approve or reject a modification plan. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_013013.asp

Lien On Me - Unpaid Bills And Taxes Take Toll On Property Manager Despite the disconnected phone, Greater Hartford Realty Management still manages Hartford-area apartments — albeit beneath the pressure of mounting liens and unpaid taxes, the clamor of employee demands for back pay, and the silence of co-owners whose roles and interest in the business remain indeterminate. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 06, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_080607_1.asp

Likely Buyer ID'd For City Site The company reportedly close to buying MassMutual's 11-acre Garden Street facility in Hartford is Time Equities Inc. of New York, a real estate acquisition and investment firm, sources familiar with the talks said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_112405.asp

Local Developers Getting It Done Tom Condon remarks that one of the more encouraging signs in the recent revival of downtown is that local and state developers are leading the charge. Marc Levine and Phil Schonberger are nearing completion of the dauntingly complex Sage-Allen project. Carlos Mouta has the old Municipal Cafeteria. David Nyberg came up from New Haven; Len and Mark Wolman from Waterford. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_080606.asp

Long Wait Remains Of 47,683 Connecticut families and individuals who applied, 12,000 were picked in a computerized lottery this summer to get housing vouchers through the federal Section 8 housing program and the state's Rental Assistance Program. But the winners, chosen at random and desperate for rental assistance, won't receive a coveted voucher that pays part of their rent in private housing any time soon. They have merely won placement on a waiting list. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102107.asp

Long-Empty Clarion Hotel In Downtown Hartford Sells The long-vacant hotel on Constitution Plaza — a decaying eyesore for those entering the city on the Founders Bridge — has been sold to a New York-based developer who plans to convert it into apartments. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_013111_1.asp

Looking Ahead Since 1963, the Community Renewal Team has been addressing the concerns and issues of Hartford and the surrounding region. As the community action agency for Central Connecticut, CRT is well known for Energy Assistance, Head Start, Meals on Wheels and Senior Cafés, and for the Family Service Centers that offer support and referrals to tens of thousands of people every year. Over the past decade, CRT has also been a leader in building and managing affordable housing, establishing community justice programs, counseling those with mental health or substance abuse issues, and providing supportive housing with wrap-around case management. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_021810_1.asp

Looking for a Place to Call Home Roughly 33,000 people in Connecticut were homeless at some point last year, far outstripping the 2,300 supportive housing units available. This news article sheds light on the views of local, state and federal officials to provide affordable housing, including Mayor Perez's position on the Common Ground project at 410 Asylum Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 15, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/courant_121504.asp

Looking Up Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, founded in 2003 to revive the city's Asylum Hill neighborhood, and known by its acronym NINA, is saving Sigourney Square. NINA recently acquired a decaying structure, a “perfect six,” on Atwood Street at a tax lien sale. The NINA folks, with help from the city and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, are saving the facade and rebuilding the rest of the building as two side-by-side townhouses, a "perfect two," if you will. The Atwood Street building is one of a dozen that NINA either has renovated, or is in the process of doing so, in just the past four years. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_041110.asp

Lower-End Condos Ride A Spike In Demand Curve Throughout the Hartford region there is high demand for lower-end condos. It now takes an average of 30 days to sell units priced at $200,000 or less, compared with an average of 41 days five years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_122705.asp

Major Ongoing City of Hartford Housing Projects This article provides a summary of the ongoing housing projects and how they are progressing. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_050913.asp

Major Step Forward for Redevelopment of Bowles Park and Westbrook Village It has been over a decade and a half since Hartford began redeveloping its decaying public housing projects. Redevelopment of the two major housing projects in Hartford’s northwest section, Westbrook Village and Chester Bowles Park, has been in limbo for over 10 years. However, that may soon start to change. On Tuesday, August 14, the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford (HACH) signed a Memorandum of Agreement Regarding a Resident Participation Plan with the Chester Bowles Park Tenants Association and the Westbrook Village Tenants Association. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_090612.asp

Making Citizens: Fair Housing for Immigrants and Minorities A brochure about fair housing rights for immigrants and minorities in Hartford. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Office of Human Relations, City of Hartford Office of Human Relations, City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/fair_housing_brochure.pdf

Market-Rate Apartments Not In Plan For Hartford Building Conversion For weeks, the city maintained that the conversion of the former Hartford Office Supply Co. building in Hartford would be a split between market-rate and affordable, rent-restricted apartments. That turns out not to be the case. The $30 million “project will consist of 112 apartment units, all priced at affordable levels.” The rents would be affordable to tenants with up to 60 percent of the area median income. Rents could run as high as $900 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,150 for two bedrooms. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2013
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Marketing Hartford Gina Greenlee believes Hartford has this to sell: the richness of the experience associated with the people and commerce in our 17 neighborhoods and our architectural assets - Hartford's many beautiful and still affordable homes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2006
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Marking The Passing Of Two Hartford Stalwarts Hartford lost two great and good people recently. Alan E. Green was raised in the city's Rice Heights housing project, at a time when the projects were wholesome and safe neighborhoods. The inimitable Jack Dollard was an architect-artist-activist, who headed the Knox Foundation and brought the carousel to Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2012
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Mayor Asks Housing Board To Step Down Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez fired the opening shots in what promises to be another bruising political battle in the city, asking for resignations from board members at the embattled Hartford Housing Authority. The authority was rocked in September by allegations of corruption brought by ousted Executive Director Lancelot Gordon Jr. Although Perez did not address the merits of the accusations themselves, he said the work of the board has nonetheless suffered. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 4, 2006
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Mayor Sweeps Board Out Mayor Eddie A. Perez did as he promised, cleaning the slate at the board of the Hartford Housing Authority and appointing four new commissioners. It was the latest development in a troubled three-month period for the authority, one that began in August when the board fired Lancelot Gordon Jr. as executive director. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_112106.asp

Mayor's Update, Fall/Winter 2008 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Fall/Winter 2008 issue includes updates on the city budget deficit, the re-institution of mounted police patrols, a community panel discussion with Bill Cosby, and new townhouse condos now for sale at Dutch Point. (PDF document, five pages) Published by City of Hartford City of Hartford ; Publication Date: December 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/MayorsUpdateWntr08.pdf

Mayor's Update, Summer 2006 A quarterly publication designed to share Mayor Perez's primary goals, objectives and accomplishments. The Summer 2006 issue includes updates on the new police chief, the financial revitalization of the city, the living wage ordinance, computer literacy, homeownership and public safety. (PDF document, seven pages) Published by City of Hartford City of Hartford ; Publication Date: Summer 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/MayorsUpdateSummer06.pdf

McKinney Embraces Father's Fight John McKinney — the newly minted minority leader of the state Senate and son of the late Congressman Stewart McKinney — wants to end homelessness. So, after testifying on Capitol Hill in favor of extending a landmark federal homelessness law his father sponsored, McKinney chose Mary Townsend Seymour Apartments, a housing apartment complex in Hartford's North End, to call for more state money and attention to affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_122007.asp

Meeting Set On Redoing Housing The Hartford Housing Authority says there are at least two reasons for tenants to be hopeful. The authority is in the final stages of negotiations with a developer it selected over a year ago to knock down the two aging, state-financed housing projects in the city's northwest corner and build affordable apartments, houses and commercial space in their place. The Massachusetts-based developers will meet with residents and stakeholders tonight to begin formulating a vision for the area's future. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_013008.asp

Memo Tied To Housing Cash The so-called mystery memorandum that Hartford Housing Authority officials have been quick to disavow was apparently used as the basis for tens of thousands of dollars in payments to a Meriden developer, according to records obtained by The Courant. The authority paid $32,500 in November 2002 to a partnership of developer Salvatore Carabetta after receiving an invoice specifically referring to the now-controversial memorandum that surfaced last week. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2006
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Millions Falling Through Cracks According to a recent audit, the city has failed to collect on at least $9.2 million worth of repairs done on private property. Officials in perennially cash-strapped Hartford say the problem is largely due to staff shortages and unrealistic expectations. But they say they're working to correct it. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2005
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Mixed Signs In The Housing Market The housing market has been sending mixed signals. In the Hartford area, the dollar volume of closed single-family residential sales fell 51 percent in the past two years, plummeting from $868 million in April 2007 to $436 million in April 2009. But the number of pending single-family home sales in the Hartford area rose slightly, up 2.9 percent in April 2009 compared with April 2008, according to the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors Inc. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
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Moderate-Income Housing Advocates Herald New Federal Proposal Advocates for moderate-income housing, "Smart Growth" and transit-oriented development are all heralding a new federal proposal modeled along the lines of the state's HOMEConnecticut program. The so-called Livable Communities Act would offer federal money to communities that encourage affordable housing development clustered near public transportation. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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Money Troubles Stall Capewell Project When developer John Reveruzzi proposed converting the former Capewell factory into 100 condominiums, the Capital City Economic Development Authority and the City of Hartford fully embraced the project, putting aside nearly $4 million for the project. But the promise of Capewell was never realized, and the property in Hartford’s Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood is now facing possible foreclosure by the city. Despite years of extensions and a $2 million bailout by the city to get the project off the ground, the property remains vacant and dilapidated. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 3, 2007
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More Apartments Downtown? A New York developer is betting $500,000 that there is enough demand in downtown Hartford to build 180 new high-end apartments in the long-time vacant Clarion Hotel. But is there a really a market for more downtown apartments at time when office vacancy rates are hovering near record highs and empty retail storefronts dot nearly every city block? City officials and some developers say yes, citing a long-term need for as many as 1,000 more units downtown, particularly studios or one-bedroom apartments. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 28, 2011
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More Money from CL&P to Revitalize Buildings NINA received funding from CL&P that would assist with the rehabilitation of a building in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Sheldon Oak Central, a non-profit housing developer, has recently been given money by the same company to fix up the Horace Bushnell Apartments on Vine Street. The money was given under the Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. Published by Real Hartford Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 17, 2012
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More Poor Can't Help Hartford Tom Condon expresses the opinion that though Hartford already has a hugely disproportionate number of the region's poor — the city's poverty rate is 32 percent; the state's is 8.3 percent — public policy is still pushing more low-income housing into the city. None of this low-income housing is being built as part of a sensible citywide plan. It's being built because there is government money available for it and developers can turn a nice development fee. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_112507.asp

More Progress For Hartford Public Housing In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that for the past decade or so, a bright spot in Hartford has been the evolution of public housing. Thanks to the efforts of former Hartford Housing Authority Executive Director John Wardlaw and former Mayor Mike Peters, all but one of the city's old, decaying, drug-infested housing projects have been torn down or extensively renovated and replaced with handsome new rental and ownership housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_042810.asp

Move Workers To Pearl Street, Turn Park Buildings Into High-End Housing Pearl Street between Main and Trumbull streets is a forlorn and uninviting pocket of downtown Hartford, in large part because of two adjacent, long-vacant, 1960s-era office buildings at 95-101 and 111 Pearl St. Last year, city and state officials decided to work together to do something about these sad-looking edifices. That's good; this could be a spectacular opportunity — but not the way they are doing it. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2012
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Moving On: Benefits and Challenges of HOPE VI for Children In this brief, the well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable HOPE VI residents - the children - is examined. The report explores the potential benefits and challenges of relocation in the areas of behavior, health, and school engagement for children in families with different relocation experiences, including voucher holders, movers to other public housing, and those who remained in the original development. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
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Mr. Greenberg's Second Act Hartford and urban planner Kenneth Greenberg have done so well for each other over the past eight years that it's no surprise that the city and MetroHartford Alliance are hoping to hire him again. They want him to identify ways to amplify the current wave of downtown development energy so that investors are encouraged to branch out into nearby neighborhoods and expand the city's revival. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2006
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Mutual Attraction A bright spot in Hartford architecture is a row of seven, well-maintained “Perfect Six” apartment houses just east of Pope Park on Park Terrace. When the development first opened in 1991, it meant the start of a new type of housing in Hartford: mutual housing. Since then, the Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford (MHAGH) has opened seven more housing developments in Hartford and its suburbs. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 21, 2009
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Mysterious Memo Surfaces A memorandum that appears to lay out a comprehensive agreement between the Hartford Housing Authority and Meriden developer Salvatore Carabetta surfaced, raising new questions about relationships at the heart of a lawsuit alleging bid-rigging and corruption. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_092106.asp

Mystery Memo Case Dismissed A Superior Court judge dismissed a case brought by a Meriden developer against the Hartford Housing Authority recently, clearing the way for the authority to pick a new builder to redevelop the land at Nelton Court. SOC Group Inc. had sued the housing authority in 2006 claiming that a 2002 memorandum of understanding signed by SOC and the authority gave the SOC the rights to develop Nelton Court. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
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N.Y. Investor Likely Top Landlord A New York investor has spent nearly $70 million to add hundreds of units to his portfolio of Hartford apartments, bringing his holdings to roughly 5 percent of the city's total rental stock and likely making him the city's largest single owner of residential property. Robert Sandell, head of Marks Group LLC, bought 15 properties for $68.9 million late last year. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
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Negotiations Stall Between Hartford Housing Authority, Developer A $300 million plan to knock down 770 units of public housing and build anew on prized land in the city's northwest corner is close to dead, as contract negotiations between the Hartford Housing Authority and the Boston developer it selected more than two years ago are at an impasse. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 16, 2009
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Neighborhood's Parks Snatched Away Christopher J. Doucot and William Breetz urge Mayor Eddie Perez to use existing laws to take title to a dozen vacant lots and abandoned buildings on Barbour Street between Capen and Westland streets. They suggest that the city seek developers to build two-family homes, maximizing homeownership and owner-occupied dwellings. As part of this reclamation process, the city could dedicate a portion of this land as a park. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2007
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Nelton Court Moves Forward The Hartford Housing Authority has chosen a developer to take down apartments at Nelton Court and build something new. The authority recently voted to give Executive Director Alan Green the authority to negotiate a contract with the Simon Konover Companies. The contract for the work should be completed in the next few weeks, Green said. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 27, 2009
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Nelton Court Slated For Demolition The last of the city of Hartford’s postwar, low-income, federally-financed public housing units is about to come down. In its place, the Hartford Housing Authority plans to build 80 new apartments. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: November 23, 2010
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New Apartment Plan For Hartford’s Constitution Plaza Joins Growing List in City Plans for housing in downtown Hartford are starting to proliferate, with hundreds of new apartments envisioned for the central business district in the next three to five years. Builder Abul Islam has abandoned his plans for a 12-story, $40 million office tower on the site of the old Broadcast House on Constitution Plaza and instead hopes to build an apartment building there with between 120 and 192 units, mostly studios and one-bedrooms. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2012
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New Apartments Available in Downtown Hatford After years of vacancy, Hartford’s former American Airlines building is on the verge of opening its doors to tenants. With only a few construction touch-ups on its 101 apartments and the completion of some paperwork, developer David Nyberg said 917 Main St. should be ready for move-ins by the end of the month. But as with all new downtown housing, the end of construction is just the beginning of another challenge — how to get people to move in. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 18, 2008
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New Houses, New Hope Southend neighborhoods housing home ownership homeownership low income housing moderate income housing affordable housing low-income housing SINA Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2007
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New Housing Department Can Shape State's Future There hasn't really been a coherent state housing policy for decades. What's mostly happened in the past half-century has been the construction of single-family homes in the suburbs. But, many of the state’s aging baby boomers are looking to downsize, either by choice or financial circumstance. Many young adults do not want to be tied down to a house with a mortgage. Connecticut needs more housing options. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2013
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New Life Sprouts In Downtown Hartford Meghan Freed knew things were changing when an out-of-town visitor asked her where to get a newspaper and a good cup of coffee on a weekend morning in downtown Hartford - and she had more than one suggestion. Something organic is happening in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2011
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New Perspectives on the Need for Affordable Housing within Connecticut A huge escalation in Connecticut housing prices since 2000 – four times the growth in personal income – has pushed affordable homeownership and rental housing beyond the reach of many working families and individuals, says a new statewide study released recently. High housing prices threaten the state’s economy and must be addressed quickly, says business economist Donald Klepper-Smith, who conducted the econometric study commissioned by The Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide housing policy organization. (PDF file, 94 pages). Published by Partnership for Strong Communities Partnership for Strong Communities ; Publication Date: October 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/housing/affordable_housing_ct.pdf

New Plan For Building The city's first plan was to develop the 12-story former office building near Bushnell Park into luxury condos, but that didn't happen. Recently, city officials announced a second plan involving a new developer who now wants to convert 101 Pearl St. into retail, office space and apartments — and possibly condos later if the market improves. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 03, 2008
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New Residential Plans For Old Office Building A vacant 26-story office tower in downtown Hartford may get a new life. A Fairfield developer has plans before the city to turn the old Bank of America building into nearly 300 apartments. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: April 03, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/jcohen_040312.asp

New York Investor Quietly Acquires City Apartments A New-York based investor, the Marks Group, has been quietly buying up apartments in Hartford, and has assembled a multifamily portfolio of more than 2,000 apartment units to date. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_021108.asp

New York-Style Lofts Planned For Asylum Hill The old Austin Organ Factory building at 158 Woodland St., in the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford, is being renovated into New York City-styled loft condominiums. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/hbj_010708.asp

Next Wave Of Apartments For Downtown Hartford: Smaller, Less Expensive A decade ago, apartment construction in Downtown Hartford was all about upscale and luxury, with rents to match. The next wave of rentals in the City's center is one being pursued by a growing number of cities: smaller, less expensive studios and one-bedroom apartments. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2012
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Nickel-And-Diming The Poor For all the lament about the poor condition of public housing, Connecticut seems to be doing its part to keep it that way. After providing $10 million for repairs in the 17,000 apartments in state-financed public housing projects, legislators turned around and withdrew the amount that those same projects have received since 1967 to reimburse their municipalities for property taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_072307.asp

Nonprofit Has Affordable Housing Plan For Sheldon-Charter Oak Neighborhood A Hartford-based nonprofit that seeks to create affordable housing will develop 16 townhouses on land near the old Capewell factory in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2011
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North Hartford Plans and Projects Proposed future plans for construction and revitalization projects of schools, housing, economic development, parks, libraries and more in North Hartford. (PDF document, 35 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services City of Hartford, Department of Development Services ; Publication Date: July 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/Future_Projects_North_Hartford.pdf

Number Of Residential Properties With Active Foreclosure Filings Fell In February Residential properties in Connecticut with active foreclosure filings fell nearly 11 percent in February compared with the previous month — the second month-over-month decline in a row, according to a report to be released recently. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_031011.asp

Odd Couple For years developers have talked about redeveloping the two vacant downtown Hartford office buildings on Pearl Street, envisioning the central location in the heart of the business district as a major draw to prospective tenants. Now the city is teaming up with the state to try to pursue a new strategy to finally get a project done. In a move that aims to reshape the area near Bushnell Park and jumpstart a residential housing boom downtown, the city of Hartford and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have put up for sale three significant, adjoining properties on Pearl, Trumbull, and Lewis streets. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 09, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_040912.asp

Older Downtown Rentals Say Business Brisk With all the fanfare surrounding the opening of the Hartford 21 luxury apartment tower, and the renaissance of urban living it’s supposed to deliver, it’s easy to think there was previously nowhere for people to live downtown. Yet Hartford’s downtown is ringed with apartment buildings and condos. And almost all of those projects say they’re fully leased. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/hbj_091806.asp

Opportunity Knocks The strong demand for housing in downtown Hartford could fuel the long awaited revival of the urban core. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 13, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_021312.asp

Out of Reach 2010: Renters in the Great Recession, the Crisis Continues This report shows that even with the recent increases to the federal minimum wage and a weak housing market, households still need to work over 40 hours a week or hold down multiple jobs to be assured of being able to afford a modest rental home; a task made harder in the recession. (PDF document, 226 pages) Published by National Low Income Housing Coalition National Low Income Housing Coalition ; Publication Date: June 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/housing/out_of_reach_2010.pdf

Out of Reach Report 2004 The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that the cost of rental housing in the United States is out of reach of the vast majority of low wage earners and people who are elderly or disabled with public income benefits. The "Out of Reach" report documents a growing gap between wages and rents, using a statistic called the "housing wage." The housing wage is the hourly wage a single breadwinner would have to earn to afford the fair market rent on a two-bedroom apartment. Published by National Low Income Housing Coalition National Low Income Housing Coalition ; Publication Date: January 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_01_2005.asp Related Link(s): Rising Property Values Drive Up Prices As Wages Remain Stagnant

Owner Of Bushnell On The Park Condos Gets Foreclosure Reprieve The lender foreclosing on the owner of more than two-thirds of the condominium units at Bushnell on the Park in downtown Hartford has agreed to temporarily suspend foreclosure action so the owner can seek financing, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2010
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Paperwork Slows Colt Gateway Project Apartment construction inside the South Armory of the Colt Gateway project has all but stopped as the project developer waits for funding that is expected by June 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2007
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Partnership Chosen for Project The city has chosen a developer to turn a 4-acre lot on Hartford's Main Street into another piece of the "gateway" to the city's North End, but it is pushing the developer to increase the retail and decrease the residential portions of its plan, officials said. The city chose a partnership between nonprofit Sheldon Oak Central Inc. and CEI Investment Corp., part of the Meriden-based Carabetta Organization. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_110105.asp

Partnership for Strong Communities Web Site Includes information on efforts dedicated to ending long-term homelessness and developing supportive housing. The Partnership for Strong Communities is devoted to activities that contribute to solutions to homelessness, the creation of affordable housing and building strong, health and economically vital communities. Published by Partnership for Strong Communities Partnership for Strong Communities ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_2005_a.asp

Perez: Public Trust Violated The day after a federal lawsuit was filed alleging corruption inside the Hartford Housing Authority, Mayor Eddie A. Perez said he has asked city lawyers to determine if he has the power to disband the authority's current board of commissioners. Perez said he is not ready to take that step, and is waiting for a city audit of the authority. But, in the wake of allegations of influence peddling and bid rigging outlined in the lawsuit filed by ousted Executive Director Lancelot Gordon Jr., the mayor said he is leaving his options open. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2006
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Perfect Six Sense The city of Hartford had all but written off the decaying apartment building at 87-92 Atwood St. on Asylum Hill. Originally a "Perfect Six," the 1911 structure had last been a rooming house, attracting drug-dealing and prostitution. Now, a building that was headed for demolition is being reshaped into two row houses, the most ambitious project by Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, a neighborhood group that buys and renovates neglected residential buildings and sells them to owner-occupants. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2009
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Perfect Sixes, Old And New Hartford is justifiably proud of its legacy of the perfect six - that iconic three-story, two-abreast apartment building. Their bricked bow-fronted facades are scattered throughout the city and are especially prevalent in Frog Hollow, where they've served generations of working families. These days, Zion Street is sporting two mixed-income housing projects - one new construction and one rehab - that do justice to the perfect six tradition. Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford is constructing a 24-unit project at the crest of Zion Street between Ward and Summit streets. Down the street, closer to Park, is Brick Hollow, a project in which 10 historically significant but badly blighted perfect sixes are being turned into upgraded rental apartments. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_071606.asp

Plan of Development for the City of Hartford This 1996 document presents a plan for the City of Hartford, aimed at taking it into the 21st century. The document was inspired by a vision of changing Hartford for the better, while maintaining and enhancing its many assets. It includes three components: the housing component, the economics and employment component, and the physical conditions component. (PDF file, 137 pages) Published by Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Hartford Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: June 4, 1996
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Plan_Develop.pdf

Plans For Building Stir Tenants' Concerns There is again tension between developer David Nyberg and apartment renters in Hartford's Asylum Hill, as Nyberg seeks to empty a Farmington Avenue apartment building he says doesn't have enough tenants to stay open. Nyberg says he's offering to move tenants to renovated apartments at the same price in other neighborhood apartment complexes he owns. But some tenants and community activists say that Nyberg's people have told them to move by Nov. 15, 2007, and that Nyberg has neither given enough information nor enough time for them to find new homes. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111507.asp

Plans For Capewell Reaffirmed A fire Wednesday night at the 102-year old Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory downtown did not do significant damage to the building and does not threaten its planned conversion to 92 condominiums, the building's owner said Thursday. "We're still going forward," developer John Reveruzzi said. "The fire doesn't have a direct negative effect to this point on going ahead with development." Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2005
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Plaza Mayor Is Finished The Hartford Redevelopment Authority put Plaza Mayor out of its four-year misery recently. The vote was unanimous, according to Chief Operating Officer David Panagore. The original plans were for retail, high-end housing, and a main square at the intersection of Park and Main Streets. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/cityline_100909.asp

Plaza Mayor Up For A Vote The Hartford Redevelopment Agency recently voted on a resolution whether to officially end the effort to build Plaza Mayor - a residential tower, retail shops, and a main square that backers hoped would serve as a gateway to the city's Latino center. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/cityline_100609.asp

Politics Of Squalor Helen Ubiñas writes that for all of Jorge Ciuidanes' young life, reconstruction of the Westbrook Village housing project has been mired in Hartford Housing Authority politics: Bids were received, bids were discarded; mysterious memos appeared, mysterious memos were disavowed; an executive director was hired, an executive director was fired. So for all of 2-year-old Jorge's life, he has lived in a place of worsening squalor. Leaking plumbing, crumbling ceilings, peeling paint, roaches, mice. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_092406_a.asp

Poor Health: Adding Insult to Injury for HOPE VI Families This brief suggests that the health situation of HOPE VI families is a problem so severe that it calls for urgent attention and new approaches to providing effective services to this extremely vulnerable population. Poor health is an even bigger problem for HOPE VI families than lack of employment. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope5

Prefab Has $25M Trinity Project Faster, Cheaper Trinity College's $25 million Crescent Street housing project will finish faster and cheaper using modular construction. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 11, 2013
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Primary Day Next Tuesday On the surface, Angel Arce and Kelvin Roldan have a lot in common. Both were born in Puerto Rico, moved to Hartford at a relatively young age and grew up in Stowe Village. They both became involved in politics and were elected to serve on 4th District Town Committee. Now Arce and Roldan have one more thing in common, they are campaigning to be the next State Representative from the 4th District. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 2 - 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_news_080206.asp

Progress And Uncertainty At Capewell Site Federal and city officials, politicians and neighborhood residents celebrated recently at the site where a long-awaited affordable housing development project is to be built in Hartford's Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood. But the future use of the deteriorating former Capewell Horseshoe Nail factory adjacent to that site remains unclear. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 28, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102811_1.asp

Pushing Supportive Housing Groups across the state are promoting what they believe is the best way to end homelessness — permanent supportive housing. On March 4, 2008, nonprofit groups such as the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and Reaching Home, a Hartford-based organization whose goal is to create 10,000 new supportive housing units in the state, held a rally at the state Capitol called "Supportive Housing Lobby Day." Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2008
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Ratty Rentals No Way To Live As housing costs rise and state-owned public housing complexes deteriorate, the Connecticut legislature's select committee on housing met in Hartford recently to discuss proposals to fund repairs and to create more affordable housing statewide. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_022407.asp

Reaching Home The goal of the Campaign to End Long-Term Homelessness in Connecticut is to create 10,000 new units of supportive housing in Connecticut in 10 years. Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visiting case management and support and employment services. In Connecticut, supportive housing has enjoyed both community and political support in the last decade. The Campaign seeks to broaden this base of support in order to achieve the ambitious goal of ending homelessness as we know it. Published by Reaching Home Campaign Reaching Home Campaign ; Publication Date: September 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Homelessness/ct_reaching_home.asp

Rell Proposes Moratorium On Residential Foreclosures With Connecticut apparently headed toward a deeper recession than first thought, Gov. M. Jodi Rell is proposing a six-month moratorium on all residential foreclosures, as well as protection for some tenants whose landlords are in foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/htfd_courant_112108.asp

Relocation Is Not Enough: Employment Barriers among HOPE VI Families This brief evaluates the HOPE VI efforts to help residents attain self-sufficiency. While there have been dramatic improvements in quality of life, there have been no overall changes in employment. HOPE VI residents’ poor health impedes their ability to work. Efforts that address barriers such as physical or mental health, or child care availability may be more effective than job placement in helping residents to find or retain jobs. is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope6

Remembering John D. Wardlaw David Radcliffe, a community organizer in Charter Oak Terrace, writes a tribute to John D. Wardlaw, who died in November 2008. Wardlaw was the Executive Director of the Hartford Housing Authority for more than a quarter of century. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 04, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_120408.asp

Renovated Factories Transcend Their Pasts As They Become Places To Call Home Lance Jay Robbins, who heads a company called Urban Smart Growth, is an expert at re-purposing former factory and mill properties around the country and transforming them into residential living space. The Los Angeles-based developer hopes to complete the $120 million restoration of the former Colt factory complex, which calls for 238 apartments in three separate buildings. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_071009.asp

Renovation Projects In Hartford's Asylum Hill To Receive State Funding Two renovation projects in the Asylum Hill neighborhood received a financial boost from the state recently, including a $1 million grant for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network's construction of an educational center for city students. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_031313.asp

Rental Costs Outpace Wages If you're looking to rent in Connecticut, you'd better bring a lot of money. A new report says that to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment, a Connecticut resident needs to make $23.58 an hour. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_031412.asp

Rep. Green Praises Legislation Promoting "Visit-Ability" Housing State Rep. Kenneth P. Green, House chair of the legislature’s Housing Committee, said legislation that he sponsored and was signed into law recently by the governor will promote housing accessible for the physically disabled who want to visit with their relatives or friends. The new legislation also addresses multi-family residential development by advocating that 25 percent of dwelling units be accessible if the projects use public money. Published by Northend Agent's Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: August 04, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/northend_agents_080410.asp

Report: Housing In Connecticut Less Affordable For Renters More tenants in Connecticut are stretching to meet their monthly rent payments as the drop in the state's median household income hit renters particularly hard, according to a new report treleased Monday. More than half of the state's renters, 51 percent, spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing, compared with 49 percent in 2009 and 36 percent in 2000. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102411.asp

Residents Of Hartford's Chappelle Gardens Call For Change Chanting "We want change," about 50 residents of Chappelle Gardens and community activists recently aired their grievances about conditions at the 188-unit housing cooperative and called for a meeting to elect a new board of directors. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_052410.asp

Residents Packing Up, Moving Out Of Nelton Court Complex Nelton Court is the last federally subsidized public housing still standing in the city. Its siblings — Dutch Point, Stowe Village, Charter Oak Terrace — have all been knocked down and rebuilt. Demolition of Nelton Court, the Hartford Housing Authority says, should start as soon as the last person is out — sometime after January 1, 2010. The authority will then build new, low-income rental housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111209.asp

Residents' Dispute Puts Future Of Hartford Housing Cooperative In Question When the Chappelle Gardens housing cooperative was facing foreclosure in the early 1990s, resident Ludella Williams led the charge to bring it back from the brink of collapse. But with a deadline looming for residents to buy their apartments, a group of residents say s that Williams, now 87, is the problem. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_052010.asp

Ribbon-Cutting for new Dutch Point Next Tuesday The Hartford Housing Authority (HHA) and The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking completion of the first phase of the five-year, $73 million redevelopment of the former Dutch Point Colony public housing site in Hartford’s Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 24 - 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_news_012407.asp

Room for All in the City's Future Stan Simpson points out the need for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in Hartford's development plans. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_102205.asp

Rush of Rentals Investors looking to put money into multifamily apartment buildings have quite the portfolio to choose from in Hartford. Dozens of properties have hit the market in recent weeks, all formerly owned in part by Martin Carlin, the financially troubled investor who lost the Bushnell on the Park apartment units to foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 04, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_070411.asp

Safe At Home Harsh economic times and an aging population have contributed to a rise in the popularity of reverse mortgages. As prices for everyday goods — including fuel, food and energy — continue to rise, many older Americans are using it to reduce expenses and supplement their income. Last year, 2,041 Connecticut residents took out a Federal Housing Administration reverse mortgage, which make up 90 percent of the market. That was up 353 percent from the 450 FHA reverse mortgages taken out in 2003. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 08, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/hbj_090808.asp

Safety Is the Most Important Thing: How HOPE VI Helped Families This brief, looks at the question of whether HOPE VI succeeded in its goal of improving residents’ life circumstances, or whether the critics’ predictions have been realized. It focuses on one key issue—neighborhood safety and fear of crime. It finds that most former residents are living in neighborhoods that are dramatically safer and offer a far healthier environment for themselves and their children. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by The Urban Institute The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope2

Section 8 Housing Waiting List Web Site There are two ways to use the web site. First, the “List of open waiting lists,” shows which housing authorities, if any, are presently accepting Section 8 applications. Second, users can register to receive notice whenever a list opening is posted. Housing authorities are required to post on this site notice of the opening of any Section 8 waiting list at least two weeks before the housing authority begins accepting applications. Published by State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_2005.asp

Seeds Of Hartford’s Regeneration Sown At 777 Main For several months, we at Becker & Becker Associates, a design and development firm, have been working with the city of Hartford to revive the Bank of America building at 777 Main Street as a mixed-use, residential and retail property. The project is part of a multi-front effort at the state, federal and local level to bring thousands of new residents to the city's downtown. It reflects Becker & Becker's mission to revitalize our cities' core neighborhoods by boosting residential growth through the reuse of historically important places and structures. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 15, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/hbj_041513.asp

Sleepover Also an Eye Opener Lancelot Gordon was recently named as Hartford Housing Authority's permanent executive director. Gordon, a former resident of the Stowe Village housing project who holds a master's degree in city planning, said the authority needs to act more like a business. Vacancies should be filled, and residents treated as partners. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 28, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102805.asp

Slumlords Be Gone! Cheers to State Rep. Angel Arce for his new campaign again blight and absentee landlords. Less than three months into his new position, Rep. Arce is attacking the plague that is absentee landlordism, and in doing so, has shown more dignity, integrity and anger on behalf of his constituents than his predecessor. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 07, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_news_030713.asp

Slump Offers Affordable Housing Opportunity Connecticut faces a triple housing threat: skyrocketing foreclosure rates, a severe lack of affordable housing and extreme racial and economic segregation. Could there be a silver lining to the foreclosure crisis that will address all three problems? Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_090908.asp

Smart Growth and Affordable Housing This fact sheet is a brief summary of a speech given by Dr. Bruce Katz, Director, Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., at the Fannie Mae Foundation Annual Housing Conference in 2002. Published by CenterEdge Project CenterEdge Project ; Publication Date: 2003
Document Link: /issues/wsd/SmartGrowth/SmartGrowthandAffordableHousing.pdf Related Link(s): Full Text of Dr. Katz's Speech

Smart Housing: Foundation For Recovery In this commentary, the writer expresses the opinion of how anticipated federal aid in the form of state infrastructure investment should that aid play out in Connecticut. He suggests that the aid should be spent on infrastructure that is affordable, green, attractive, well-situated housing. Some of the investment ought to be for restoration and preservation of existing homes, to prevent foreclosures and to stabilize neighborhoods. But much of it should be new construction. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_112308.asp

Some Problems Emerge At Housing Development For Grandfamilies Helen Ubiñas writes about problems at the grandparents housing development which Broad-Park Development Corp, manages. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_030809.asp

South Hartford Problem Properties: Abandoned and Blighted Property in South Hartford This web page shows maps of blighted properties in the south end of Hartford. It is a result of a collaboration between Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), faculty and students at Trinity College, and the Trinfo.Cafe. Currently, HART is working with city officials from the Mayor's Office, Department of Development Services, and Licenses & Inspections to enforce the new blight ordinance, which enforces fines on landlords who fail to properly maintain their property. While detracting from the aesthetic value of Hartford, blighted and abandoned buildings also decrease property values, lure drug dealers and crime, and leave the city without crucial tax income. The purpose of these maps is to link blighted buildings in the south end of Hartford directly to their owners. There are four maps of the four neighborhoods in the south end Hartford: Frog Hollow, Barry Square, Behind the Rocks and South End. Published by Hartford Area Rallys Together Hartford Area Rallys Together
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/HART_problem_properties.asp

St. Francis Seeks Site At City Hall Connecticut hospitals have been opening urgent care centers at a dizzying pace in recent years to offer patients access to care that is closer to home and less costly than visiting an emergency department. St. Francis is in negotiations with the city of Hartford to open a new 1,000-square foot urgent care center in City Hall on Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_040912_1.asp

State Funds $30 Million for Housing Aimed At Easing Homelessness In Hartford, Other Cities The governor announced funding recently for 179 supportive housing units in five Connecticut cities, including Hartford, following approval by the state committee on supportive housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032312.asp

State Program Designed To Boost Affordable Housing HomeConnecticut, the new state program overseen by the Partnership for Strong Communities is designed to boost the number of affordable housing units in the state. The program gives towns incentives — in the form of grants — to work with developers to build affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 06, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_070608.asp

State Won't Fund Supportive Housing Plan The state Office of Policy and Management, which was expected to pay for 14 supportive housing projects across the state, has withdrawn the funding because of the state's economic troubles, an OPM spokesman said recently. Representatives from the agencies that were counting on the money, which was approved by the state legislature, said they were flabbergasted by the state's about-face. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_121208.asp

State's Lack Of Affordable Housing Hits Home For Family Of Four Teeka Plummer is articulate, resourceful and persistent, but for six months, she has searched unsuccessfully for an apartment for herself and her three children. She has called the state's 211 support line. She has called homeless shelters, her local social services department, nonprofit agencies, housing programs and top elected officials. A housing expert and clinician have made calls on her behalf. Plummer even wrote to Oprah Winfrey. Her struggle reflects what Connecticut housing experts have long known: There is a massive demand for affordable housing and not enough resources to fill the need. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_120809.asp

Stimulus Cash Slow To Reach Target Housing advocates, job trainers and home-improvement contractors perked up in 2009 when federal stimulus money flowed in from Washington and turned Connecticut's $2.5 million weatherization program into a three-year, $64 million job-creation machine. Now, they're still waiting for the full payoff. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_121910.asp

Street in Limbo For several months, one of Asylum Hill’s most beautiful thoroughfares, Imlay Street, has been left hanging, stuck between what it used to be and what developer David Nyberg was planning to make it. In the spring of 2007, Nyberg’s company, Farmington-Imlay Associates (FIA), bought over a dozen buildings on Imlay and around the corner on Hawthorn Street and began renovation work on them. They are in legal limbo because of zoning considerations. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 16, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_041609.asp

Student Transiency and Concentration of Poverty Tied to Academic Success At a forum about inclusive housing policy and its impact on education, it seemed both incongruous and inevitable that the conversation would include the buzzwords of reform and accountability. Published by Real Hartford Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_021912.asp

Study Sees Trouble in the 'Burbs: Population Change Could Empty Homes, Turn Boom to Bust Michael P. Sacks, a sociologist at Trinity College, says that the same demographics that sparked an economic boom in Hartford's eastern suburbs during the past decade holds signs of trouble for future generations. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 16, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/people/htfd_courant_101604.asp

Study: Hartford Is A Housing Bargain For Those Who Don't Live There Over the past year, housing prices in Connecticut have started to creep back up. But the median state income has gone down by 3.5 percent. According to the Partnership For Strong Communities, the combination of rising home prices and falling incomes means that half of the state's residents can't afford to buy a home in two thirds of its towns and cities. The study also points out an interesting dynamic about the state's bigger cities. In Hartford, housing prices in the city are among the lowest in the state. But so is Hartford's median income of just $26,000. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 03, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/jcohen_080311.asp

Swift Building Project On Monday, September 21, 2009, Roseanne Haggerty, Executive Director of Common Ground made the following PowerPoint presentation to Hartford's North East NRZ. Common Ground is an organization based in New York City which renovates neglected buildings into mixed use spaces, often including affordable housing, green buildings, and neighborhood gathering areas. Common Ground was called to Hartford to examine the Swift Factory on Love Lane and Garden Street, and to brainstorm possible future uses for the building. (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Common Ground Common Ground ; Publication Date: September 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/wsd_swift_building.asp

Taking Hartford's Tired Jewels And Making Them Shine Susan Campbell writes about the revitalization of Babcock Street, which is happening because of people like Pamela Melusky, of ATERA Enterprises, who has restored a “perfect-six,” a multi-family building housing six units. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062407.asp

Talks Start On Public Funds For Complex The developer of a proposed high-end condominium and apartment complex on the site of the YMCA building on Hartford's Bushnell Park has begun discussions with the city to secure public financing for the roughly $110 million project, city officials said. The discussions are preliminary, but the level of financing could be somewhere between $5 million and $10 million. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_081106.asp

Tenants & Landlords: Can't We All Just Get Along? Video A video recording of the November 1, 2005 community program, Tenants & Landlords: Can't We All Just Get Along?, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: November 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_11_01_2005.asp

Tenants Plagued By Bedbugs, Eviction Related Management Co. of New York, has filed eviction papers against several tenants in Hartford who have been witholding rent because of pest problems. The rents at the Casa Nueva Apartments, are subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_101107.asp

Tenants, Advocates Call Malloy's $330 Million Housing Upgrade Plan A Long Time Coming The governor's plan to borrow more than $300 million over the next decade for public and subsidized housing raised hopes recently that rundown complexes such as Bowles Park in Hartford might get a second chance. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_020312.asp

Tenants: I Can't Pay The Rent Census data and a recent report show that rents are increasing in Greater Hartford, and that for many people, wages are not keeping pace. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_010405.asp Related Link(s): Out of Reach Report 2004

The Intern Strategy: Courted In Hartford There has been a long line of strategies for injecting young people into downtown Hartford. The most recent is to roll out the red carpet for corporate interns while they're here for the summer and hope they move downtown permanently when and if a job offer comes later. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_072908.asp

The Projects, From Promise To Curse The era of public housing in Hartford came to an end recently with the groundbreaking for new housing that will replace last of the city's early 1940s housing projects, Nelton Court, in the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_112110.asp

The Subprime Lending Crisis: What Does It Mean for Hartford and the Region? Video A video of the May 20, 2008 community program, The Subprime Lending Crisis: What Does It Mean for Hartford and the Region?, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: May 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_05_20_2008.asp

Things Are Looking Up Hartford was in its heyday when most of the homes in Asylum Hill were built. Much of the magnificent architecture in Asylum Hill remains. Many have been restored to their original splendor, with much of that restoration work has been done by NINA, the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_090811_1.asp

This Is Not My Beautiful House A recent landlord-tenant dispute in Hartford Housing Court shines a light on a simmering problem of rental housing. Published by The Hartford Advocate The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_042710.asp

This Program Works The new mixed-income community about to be built in Hartford's Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood will be a huge improvement on what used to be there. The housing, for which ground was broken recently, is on the site of the former Dutch Point Colony public housing project. The city could not have replaced Dutch Point on its own. It took a $20 million grant from a federal program called Hope VI. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_101705.asp

Thriving On New Models For City Housing The key to Billings Forge, a self-contained complex with 98 apartments, artists' studios, a community center, an upscale restaurant, community gardens and a bakery, is a model of philanthropy that could emerge as a force in the search for workable housing answers. Billings Forge, a mixed-income development, was purchased by The Melville Charitable Trust in 2005. Melville works with a nonprofit agency, Billings Forge Community Works, to operate the complex. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_052710_1.asp

Tied Into Transit State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier has proposed a $100 million fund to aid working families in Connecticut to afford housing. The fund would be financed by bonds, unclaimed bank accounts, and assets held by the state. Housing near transit lines and stations has been successful in in other cities and Connecticut should be able to benefit similarly. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032105.asp

Time to Let Old ONE/CHANE Go Beset with mismanagement by Executive Director Frederick Smith's predecessor and lax oversight by a previous board of directors, ONE/CHANE has lost its credibility, viability and ability to advocate for the poorest neighborhood in one of the country's poorest cities. Time to dissolve it and start anew. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111205.asp

Tower Planned at YMCA Site A Massachusetts developer is planning an 18-story tower overlooking Bushnell Park that would be the largest downtown residential development in years. The skyline-altering project by Northland Investment Corp. would cost an estimated $117 million and calls for 200 upscale condominiums and 100 apartments. It would be built at the corner of Jewell and Pearl streets, where the Hartford YMCA now sits. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_101905.asp

Treasures Quietly Slipping Away Westland Street in the North End of Hartford and Route 44 on the east side of Avon Mountain are separated by a few miles of land and the divide of wealth. What they have in common is the shortsighted loss of open space. In both instances, the loss might have been prevented if the public was aware of the status of the land. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_121805.asp

Trinity College Evicting Residents To Make Way For Student Housing Trinity College, looking for more student housing, is moving to evict several longtime tenants of college-owned housing on Crescent Street. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_070210.asp

Trophy Property A penthouse, sky walk, and rooftop sky deck overlooking Bushnell Park are just a few of the amenities being pitched by local developers aiming to convert downtown Hartford's tired-looking and vacant 101 and 111 Pearl St. office buildings into modern apartments that lure young people to the city. Final plans for the $42 million project were recently submitted for review to the Capital Regional Development Authority and aim to redefine a key piece of real estate in downtown's central business district at the intersections of Pearl and Trumbull streets. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_061013.asp

Trumbull On The Park Ready At Last Residents began moving into the Trumbull on the Park apartments on Saturday, bringing to a close an important downtown housing project delayed roughly a year partly because of construction problems. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_120405.asp

Twenty Million Dollar Infusion May Revive Hartford's Constitution Plaza Fifty years ago, plans for Hartford's Constitution Plaza called for soaring office towers, a television broadcast studio, a hotel, storefronts for specialty shops and one more thing: apartments. In the wake of a recession that hit in 1960, ownership in the plaza shifted and housing was dropped from the plans. Now, a partnership of two New York developers is placing a $20 million bet that apartments not only belong on the plaza but will thrive there — in the long-vacant Clarion Hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_032011.asp

Twenty-five Million Dollar Plan To Add New Housing At Trinity Trinity College and a New York-based development firm are planning a multi-million-dollar student housing project that would reshape the Hartford neighborhood surrounding the liberal arts college and provide the school a major boost in its efforts to attract students. Published by The Hartford Business Journal The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 10, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/hbj_091012.asp

Two Buildings Could Become Apartments The two office buildings on Pearl Street in downtown Hartford couldn't look more different, right down to the color of their brick. But a partnership, led by Pennrose Properties of Philadelphia, has a vision for joining the two structures -- one 12 stories, the other seven -- with a common lobby that would lead to 200 market-rate apartments, plus retail space on the ground floor. The $43 million proposal joins a growing list of housing projects in and around the city's central business district being boosted by funding from the Capital Region Development Authority, part of a strategy to encourage more people to live downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_081313.asp

U of H Housing Behind Schedule Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez will have to wait awhile longer to get undergraduate feet on the street, as plans to house students from the University of Hartford at the Sage-Allen development project on Main Street are behind schedule. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_031706.asp

Unlocking Potential Of Unused Spaces Blue Back Square Development in West Hartford is being watched around the state, with good reason. The once-rural Connecticut landscape is being relentlessly bulldozed for low-density, auto-dependent subdivisions. If we are to bring this chaotic sprawl under control, without stopping growth, the answer is to carefully increase density in the areas that are already built, such as town centers, transit corridors and job sites. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_012906_a.asp

Up Against a Wall: Housing Affordability for Renters This report uses the data to analyze patterns and trends in the relationship between renter incomes and rents at the state, county and city level. It finds that in 2003 renter incomes are not keeping up with housing costs throughout much of the country, forcing an even greater share of renter households into unaffordable housing. These data confirm that affordability was a significant problem among renters in 2003 and that it is worsening. The report is based on the findings of National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) analysis of the American Community Survey (ACS) supplementary survey. The ACS is a new comprehensive survey of Americans being launched by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide national and local housing and income data on an annual basis. (PDF Document; 36 pages) Published by National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) ; Publication Date: November 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_11_2004.asp Related Link(s): American Community Survey

Wardlaw Transformed Public Housing John D. Wardlaw, executive director of the Hartford Housing Authority for 27 years, retired in March. In locations like Charter Oak Terrace, Stowe Village, and Bellevue Square, Wardlaw razed the city's federally funded subsidized housing projects to replace them with duplexes and single- family homes. He has changed the living conditions for thousands below the poverty line in Hartford, but his transformations have ultimately lowered the amount of affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032205.asp

We Need More Affordable Housing For 'Grandfamilies' Elders in Hartford have been seeking help raising grandchildren. Already financially strapped, many of them were slipping off the financial edge when they found themselves back in parenting mode. In response, the Community Renewal Team’s program, Grandfamily Housing Development, opened last year in northeast Hartford. The affordable-housing campus includes 40 units and the cost of the subsidized housing is based on the grandparents' income and size of household. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_021708.asp

West Of I-91, Some Seriously Big Digs The busy stretch of land between the Founders and Charter Oak bridges, just west of I-91, boasts some of the city's largest works-in-progress - a science center, apartments and a magnet school. Here's a brief look at what drivers passing the capital city see when they look west, as well as a sense of what they can expect to see in 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_022507.asp

Westbrook-Bowles Housing Project: Get It Right In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that although it will lengthen the process, the Hartford Housing Authority was right to pull the plug on talks with a developer over the renewal of the Westbrook Village and Bowles Park housing projects. The project is too important to start without a meeting of the minds. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051909.asp

What If No One Was Home? Here's a startling statistic that demands attention, brought to you by a coalition of smart people committed to increasing the amount of affordable housing in Connecticut: In 2005, a family earning the median income couldn't qualify for a mortgage on a median-priced home in 157 of the state's 169 towns. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_021807.asp

When Luck Fails According to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, state shelters served almost 15,000 people in 2005 but had to turn away people almost 35,000 times because there were no beds available. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Housing/htfd_courant_123106.asp

Who's Driving Sprawl? The Feds The federal government has been influencing where people live since the Depression, when it involved itself in a major way in the housing market. This involvement included, shamefully, redlining urban neighborhoods for home loans as well as building public housing projects and, later, constructing the interstate highway system. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/smartgrowth/htfd_courant_031113.asp

Why Can't We Build Small Houses? Tom Condon suggests that building smaller houses in mixed-income developments is preferable to mega houses, but that zoning laws must change in Connecticut if this is to happen. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_112705.asp

Why Not A College Town A university-oriented remake of Westbrook Village might give the University of Hartford a town center and provide a new life for the middle-income housing project. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_040305.asp

Without Y Housing, It's Time for Plan C The YMCA's plan to sell their Hartford building at the corner of Jewell and Pearl streets leaves many who live at their facility looking for housing alternatives. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_102005.asp

Wrong Demonstration Hartford's real problem, which affects the poor and working poor, is its high tax rate - 74.29 mills - that is ruining the chances for any opportunity for all of its citizens. Published by The Hartford News The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 05, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_news_090513.asp

You Can Make Money Off Artists Early December was Gina Greelee's first time at the Colt Building since moving out in 2002. She visited former neighbors during the 15th Annual Hartford Artists' Open Studio Weekend, an event inaugurated by the once robust artistic community that called Colt home. Though many of the south armory's residents have gone, a hearty bunch still occupies the units and plans to stick it out for the long term. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_122005.asp

Young Professionals Try City Living Part of the bet on downtown Hartford's revival was that young professionals and suburban empty-nesters would migrate into the city's newly built apartments. Half of that formula has panned out — young people looking for smaller, less-expensive units and the action of a downtown have come, making it hard to find studio and one-bedroom apartments. Larger, more expensive units on the market have moved more slowly, as older, more-settled suburban residents have been slower to migrate downtown. Developers say slumping real estate values and the challenge of persuading people to leave the suburbs for the city have kept some suburbanites in suburbia. Published by The Hartford Courant The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_031508_1.asp

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