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The HourAfter weeks of neglect, officials get first-hand look of Washington Village
By Justin Papp - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NORWALK - Movers shuffled in and out of an apartment in Building 10 of Washington Village Wednesday morning as a group of remaining residents gathered around Mayor Harry Rilling and other city officials in the courtyard nearby .

The meeting was called over concerns about the living conditions for the 12 families - many of whom are seniors or disabled - left in Washington Village as the multiyear redevelopment project reaches phase two and more units are being prepared for tear down.

"We wish everyone had been out by now, of course. We're trying to move folks out as quickly as we can, as quickly as possible, but we have staff assigned to it and we're familiar with each of their cases," Housing Authority Executive Director Adam Bovilsky said, to a group that included Choice Neighborhoods Director Tom Ivers, Common Council member Ernie Dumas, NAACP President and Norwalk Housing Commissioner Brenda Penn-Williams and NAACP First Vice President Andre Williams.

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The HourRemaining Washington Village residents struggle with deteriorating conditions
By Justin Papp - Monday, November 5, 2018

NORWALK - All but five of Lucy Vallere's 63 years have been spent in Washington Village.

Through the screen door in her living room, which opens out onto a courtyard where a playground and basketball court once attracted the project's younger residents, she's tracked the changes to the South Norwalk public housing complex.

"It was a close-knit family. We all raised each other's kids. We were very close," Vallere said, seated in a reclining chair in the living room Friday as cable news played in the background.

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Nancy on NorwalkNorwalk marks opening of Soundview Landing, aka, ‘new Washington Village’ part one
Soundview Landing photoBy Nancy Chapman - October 25 2018

NORWALK, Conn. - Phase one of the Washington Village replacement project was officially completed Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.

"This is a benchmark now of what can happen," Mayor Harry Rilling said in a newly completed apartment building, across the street from what is left of the oldest public housing facility in the state. "People who say government doesn't work, take a look at what this is. People who say Connecticut is on the decline or that Norwalk is not a good, desirable place to live, take a look at what we have."

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CT News 12 logoClock ticking for residents in Norwalk housing complex
Posted: Oct 08, 2018, 2018

SOUTH NORWALK - There's concern in South Norwalk among two dozen residents who remain in a low-income housing complex.

Some of the tenants at Washington Village say they have to be out of their homes later this month, but have no place to go.

The complex is being rebuilt using a federal grant, and the residents say with the clock ticking, their anxiety is growing.

"We're good citizens," said Helen Thorne. "We don't cause trouble. I get along with all the neighbors. We raised kids. We never was a problem to the system. So why are you treating us this way?"

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The HourOak planted thanks to grant
Published - Friday, September 14, 2018

NORWALK - Landscape Architect at Heritage Landscapes LLC and Norwalk Tree Advisory Commissioner Peter Viteretto, Norwalk Community College (NCC) student Dorian Gonzales, Norwalk Tree Advisory Chairman and The Care of Trees Arborist, Richard Whitehead, and NCC student, Henry Hood, planted a pin oak following a brief ceremony at Roodner Court Housing Complex on Friday.

A grant Norwalk Community College received through TD Green Streets, and a partnership with the City of Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee and Norwalk Housing Authority, made possible the special tree planting ceremony where 12 trees were planted at the Housing Complex by the group of arborists, officials and local volunteers including a dozen Norwalk Community College students.

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The HourNorwalk Housing Authority: 'We're not going to kick anybody out' of Washington Village
By Robert Koch, Friday, September 14, 2018

NORWALK - Washington Village resident Candida Flores has watched her neighbors move out as part of the rebuilding of the public-housing complex off Water Street in South Norwalk.

While she'll be able to return to Washington Village once it's rebuilt, finding an apartment in the interim is a problem, according to her daughter, Maria Flores.

"She's got a voucher for Section 8," said Maria Flores, standing outside her mother's apartment Thursday afternoon and referring to the federal housing choice voucher program. "So we're looking for an apartment and we don't find any apartments. That's a problem with Section 8."

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Nancy on NorwalkWashington Village residents put NHA on the hot seat
By Nancy Chapman - September 14 2018

NORWALK, Conn. - Jasmine Prezzie's mother is going through a double trauma, Prezzie told Norwalk Housing Authority Commissioners Thursday.

Prezzie's mom, a Washington Village resident, will have to move twice despite promises of an easy transition into the new Washington Village, because she didn't win the NHA's lottery to be first to get a new apartment next door.

"A voucher and apartment hunting is a whole different ballgame and there is no case management, I am her case management. I work 40 hours a week," Prezzie said to NHA Executive Director Adam Bovilsky Thursday in a community meeting organized by Common Council member Ernie Dumas (D-District B).

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The HourHousing Authority to give update on Washington Village on Sep 13
By Robert Koch, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NORWALK - Councilman Ernie Dumas has asked Norwalk Housing Authority officials to update Washington Village residents on their status in the ongoing reconstruction of the public housing complex off Water Street in South Norwalk.

Dumas' "Call to Action" is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Housing Authority's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Office, 149 Water St. The office is in the second floor of the building.

"It's about the tenants in Washington Village, because we want clarity with what's going on at Washington Village," said Dumas, a District B Democrat. "It's about when they're all going to be moved out and the other part of it is we don't want any other buildings torn down before everybody is out."

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The HourHousing Authority Commission approves 21 Section 8 units
By Justin Papp - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

NORWALK A change to the Norwalk Housing Authority policy to allow 21 project-based voucher units in the Washington Village redevelopment has been approved by the Board of Commissioners.

The project-based voucher units are classified as Section 8, based on the Housing Act of 1937. Another 21 units will be built according to Section 9 public housing standards.

"Most people are familiar with Section 8, which is a housing choice voucher, a type of rental subsidy. It's a very similar outcome as Section 9," said Adam Bovilsky, executive director of the Norwalk Housing Authority. "The tenant pays 30 percent of their income toward rent in either case, generally speaking, and the rest is picked up by the federal government. Section 9 you're in a specific unit, in public housing. With Section 8, you can take that voucher anywhere in the private sector as long as it's under the fair market rent price."

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The HourSeveral families will lose housing at Washington Village in Norwalk
By Justin Papp - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

NORWALK - All but a few former Washington Village tenants who have been relocated during the multiyear redevelopment will be able to move back to their old neighborhood when the project is finished in spring 2020.

The criteria for resettlement came up at a meeting of the Norwalk Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Monday, at which details of the Washington Village Phase Two project were discussed. Chairman Cesar Ramirez said he had learned of three families who were told they could not return to their former home once construction was complete.

"It appears to be that they were promised to go to the next buildings and they were supposed to be qualified," Ramirez said the the board, Norwalk Housing Authority staff and Patrick Lee, principal of Trinity Financial, the developer overseeing the project. "But now because their financial income had changed, they're not qualifying to move back into the building."

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Nancy on NorwalkWashington Village basement water results
By Nancy Chapman - August 28 2018

Water found in a Washington Village basement last month had fecal coliform bacteria and a semi-volatile organic compound in higher quantities than the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protections Ground Water Protection Criteria allows, an environmental report said.

Republican State Representative candidate John Flynn said that Washington Village residents were "told to be out of their apartments" as a result, but Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Adam Bovilsky said the residents were asked to leave because demolition is expected in Phase II of the Washington Village reconstruction.

Regarding the basement water, Bovilsky in a Monday email wrote: "My understanding of the 'fecal matter' is that there may have been some mouse/rat droppings in the water that was found in the basement. That water was tested and the results provided to the Norwalk Health Department and the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection ('DEEP'). They instructed us to dispose of the water through the sanitary sewer and it did not require a permit. We have a professional exterminator who upon reports of increased activity of mice/rats outside of the units, did an additional treatment."

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The HourGreenwich man takes on office rescue in South Norwalk
By Alexander Soule - Thursday, August 2, 2018

As Patrick Eldredge fielded myriad questions from construction foremen this week in South Norwalk, a woman walked up to the entrance of his four-story office building inquiring about how to find a tenant.

Eldredge steered her to the organization's temporary quarters not far distant — and gave her a friendly reminder to have anyone she knew contact him if looking for new office space.

Such are the days of a developer, with Eldredge among Norwalk's newest after purchasing the Thornton Building at 149 Water St. in South Norwalk, visible among a small handful of sizable office buildings in the neighborhood. Eldredge is now overhauling the building for new tenants, just his second project after the reclamation of a small building at the crossroads of SoNo.

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Nancy on NorwalkState Bond Commission approves two Norwalk Center projects, Washington Village funds, toll study
Nancy Chapman - July 26, 2018

NORWALK, Conn. - The State Bonding Commission on Wednesday approved funding to support three major Norwalk initiatives:

  • $1.5 million for an Innovation and Tech Education Center, said to be "on Wall Street"
  • $250,000 for a Wall Street train station feasibility study
  • $6 million for Washington Village Phase II

Also approved by the Bond Commission was the $10 million study on state-wide tolls announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy last week, to the consternation of local Republicans.

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The HourState approves $7.75 million for CPTV center, other Norwalk projects
By Robert Koch - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

NORWALK - Connecticut Public Television's plan to create an innovation and tech center on Wall Street got a $1.5 million boost from the State Bond Commission on Wednesday.

"We are delighted that the State of Connecticut continues to support our statewide educational initiatives and are truly grateful to (state) Senator Bob Duff for championing our efforts in Norwalk, an area of growth for Connecticut Public Television and Radio," Connecticut Public Broadcasting President and CEO Jerry Franklin said in a statement.

"We are striving to create another innovative learning center with the Norwalk Public Schools, which will train high school students and veterans in the field of journalism, digital media, project management and life skills. When we first approached Senator Duff two years ago, he immediately embraced this idea and has become our chief advocate," Franklin continued.

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The HourEditorial: Take swift action to make Washington Village livable
Published Friday, July 20, 2018

The relationship between substandard housing and health problems has been well established.

From poor sanitation to inadequate ventilation, faulty plumbing to gas leaks, housing conditions are key determinants of physical and mental health — not surprising, given Americans spend 70 percent of their time inside residences.

That made it all the more disturbing this week to learn that some of Norwalk's public housing residents are living under conditions best described as deplorable.

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Nancy on NorwalkBovilsky: That's why Washington Village is being replaced
By Nancy Chapman - July 17 2018

NORWALK, Conn. - The safety of the tenants is the first priority, Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Adam Bovilsky said Monday.

Bovilsky and others said there was no gas leak at Washington Village, which has been the focus of much attention from City health officials and others over the weekend and into Monday.

Allamae Walker, whose apartment faces Day Street, observed activity outside her window Monday but couldn't verify reports of flooded basements given her limited mobility. "I see people there but I didn't know the water was in there," Walker said. "You've got to have patience when you're handicapped."

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The HourRodent, flooding complaints at Washington Village construction area
By Robert Koch - Monday, July 16, 2018

NORWALK - Remaining Washington Village residents are living with noise, dust and and other disruptions related to the rebuilding of their homes in South Norwalk.

"It's no problem for me because I'm away from it," said Betty Godfrey, whose apartment is toward the interior of the complex, away from major road reconstruction along Day Street. "As long as I have an entrance and an exit."

Allamae Walker, whose apartment faces Day Street, observed activity outside her window Monday but couldn't verify reports of flooded basements given her limited mobility. "I see people there but I didn't know the water was in there," Walker said. "You've got to have patience when you're handicapped."

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Nancy on NorwalkSouth Norwalkers report sewage pit, rats, gas leak at Washington Village
By Nancy Chapman - July 15 2018

NORWALK, Conn. - Rats in the street, raw sewage within 20 feet of occupied apartments, and a smell of gas.

That was the scene described Saturday at Washington Village, near a construction site and a City park that has been dug up to remove pollutants.

Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Ed Prescott confirmed the report of raw sewage in an open pit and described investigations into a reported natural gas smell as producing an inconclusive result.

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The HourDay, Raymond street improvements slated for October completion
By Robert Koch - Thursday, July 12, 2018

NORWALK - The intersection of Day and Raymond streets stands 6 feet higher than it did a year ago. New sidewalks and underground conduits to carry electric, telecommunications and other utility lines are largely in place.

The roughly $8 million infrastructure improvement project - related to the nearby reconstruction of Washington Village — began last October and is moving toward completion this October, according to Drew Berndlmaier, senior civil engineer in the Norwalk Department of Public Works.

"The light's at the end of the tunnel," Berndlmaier said. "We still have some underground work to do, but we have a good idea of what's underground. We don't expect any surprises that might impact our ability to finish. We anticipate the end of October for completion and opening of the roads."

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The HourStudents from Norwalk Housing Authority receive scholarships to pursue passions
By R.A. Schuetz - Thursday, June 21, 2018

NORWALK - Jessica Davis has known she wanted to work in criminal justice ever since she was a kid growing up in Washington Village. In fact, she traces the roots of her passion to her experiences there, as she witnessed friends getting in trouble with the law.

"I wanted to be the person to help because, personally, I know they're not bad people," Davis said.

Now, she's proud to say she is entering the last semester of her master's degree in criminal justice at Sacred Heart University with a 4.0 GPA. Long-term, she hopes to work in the fields of probation and parole, but as she works on her graduate degree, she's already helping people by teaching parenting classes at St. Joseph Parenting Center in Stamford.

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The HourNorwalk police roll out electric mountain bikes
By Leslie Lake - Saturday, May 26, 2018

NORWALK - In a collaboration between city agencies, a donation of the funds to purchase two electric mountain bikes for the Norwalk Police Department was seen by stakeholders as a way to enhance safety and the level of community engagement between police and South Norwalk residents.

The bikes, Pedego Ridge Rider electric models, will be used primarily by Community Policing officers. There are currently 30 Norwalk police officers who are bike-certified.

"These bikes will allow officers to get to emergencies faster and to expand areas of patrol," said Norwalk police Lt. Terry Blake. "The level of community engagement is invaluable."

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The HourCommitment to social justice leads Bovilsky to Norwalk Housing Authority
By Robert Koch - Thursday, May 24, 2018

NORWALK — Adam Bovilsky traces his road to the Norwalk Housing Authority to his childhood.

Adam Bovilsky smiling"I got into this work from my background growing up in a liberal Jewish family where social justice was something that was hammered into us," Bovilsky said. "I worked first at a college for nonprofits, including the Jewish Community Relations Council up in Boston that focused on social justice and working to end the cycle of poverty."

On June 19, Bovilsky will start his new job as executive director of the Norwalk Housing Authority after having served 11 years as Norwalk's director of human relations and fair rent.

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Equal Housing Opportunity logoNow Accepting Applications
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Affordable Rental Opportunity
Spring 2018 - 13-20 Day Street,
Norwalk, Connecticut

Washington Village Phase I is a new construction, 80-unit affordable housing community built with New England charm and contemporary conveniences. Featuring a variety of one and two-bedroom floor plans, Washington Village Phase I offers the perfect home for a variety of life-styles.

# of Units Type Rent
5 1-bedroom $1,471
13 2-bedroom $1,632 - $1,761

Income restrictions do apply for these affordable rentals

HH Size 60% AMI
1 $56,700
2 $64,800
3 $72,900
4 $80,940

Maximum income per Household size (HUD 2018 limits) subject to change

To request an application be sent by mail or email,
call 203-714-8060 or TDD# 1+800-545-1833 ext. 945 or
email at WAVI@trinitymanagementcompany.com

Please return completed applications to:
WASHINGTON VILLAGE PHASE I
P.O. BOX 180
NORWALK, CT 06856

Availability on first-come, first-serve basis
Voucher holders welcome

Washington Village Phase I will be a non-smoking building and is pet friendly

For more information or reasonable accommodation for person with disabilities,
call Trinity Management at 203-714-8060 or TDD# 1-800-545-1833 ext. 945

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Nancy on NorwalkSoNo library highlights Washington Village artist
By Sherelle Harris - May 4, 2018

Conan Robinson, a Washington Village Artist Featured at SoNo Library.

The artwork of Conan Robinson has graced the walls of the Norwalk Public Library's SoNo Branch for the past month. On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 the Washington Village resident and lifelong Norwalker presented his first artist talk at the library.

Mr. Robinson spoke about his inspiration and artistic process, and how he creates art in multiple mediums such as acrylic, Prismacolor, and pen and ink. While Mr. Robinson's portraits and abstracts are influenced by elements in both the natural and urban worlds, he is most known for his modern interpretation of social events. The 1999 Brien McMahon graduate is the founder of 261 Productionz, through which, as a DJ, he plays to a diverse crowd which includes his church Miracle Temple located at 2 Trinity Place in South Norwalk.

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The HourOwning It: Elizabeth Torres has a passion for service
By Jordan Grice - April 29, 2018

Elizabeth Torres' passion for helping the lives of people in need started with her mother.

One of six children living in a two-bedroom apartment in New Haven, Torres, 7 at the time, would read classified ads in the paper looking for jobs and affordable housing opportunities for her mother.

"Part of the reason why I love my work so much and places like the East End (of Bridgeport) is because it reminds me so much of where I grew up, and the families that we serve mirror my own family when I was growing up," she said.

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The HourHealthy and local food: filling a tall order
By R.A. Schuetz - April 28, 2018

(Stepping Stones/Foodshed is a CNI Partner)

NORWALK - In the brightly colored Healthyville Cafe at Stepping Stones Museum, Director of Strategic Initiatives Bill Jeffries looked up at the museum's spring menu. Among the options were a turkey caprese salad and a green goddess salad with all natural grilled chicken, both advertised for $8.75.

"We've been wanting to redesign the cafe for a while into an immersive space, where you're actually learning about health and nutrition as you're eating inside of it," Jeffries said. "But in order to do that, we had to actually use locally sourced, healthy, organic food, and the more we got into it, we realized it's near impossible to do that affordably."

He said that many local farms are already at their limits. And finding locally sourced produce only becomes more difficult in the winter seasons, when nothing grows outdoors. The options the museum found for local, organic food were cost prohibitive.

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The HourHUD plan raises rents on poor in public housing
By Bill Cummings - April 27, 2018

A plan by the Trump administration to triple rents for the nation's poorest families is running into a wall of opposition from fair housing advocates and members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson last week proposed raising rents and adding work requirements for the millions of low income residents living at public housing authorities or receiving Section 8 rental vouchers.

The HUD proposal represents one of the most far reaching overhauls of federal public housing assistance in decades and will impact thousands for residents in large cities such as Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, as well as smaller communities such as Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury and Middletown.

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The HourBovilsky tapped to head Norwalk Housing Authority
By Robert Koch - April 25, 2018

NORWALK - Adam Bovilsky, the city's human relations director, is poised to take the helm of the Norwalk Housing Authority.

Bovilsky was one of about 10 candidates to apply for the position of housing authority executive director, according to Rahoul Dupervil, a member of the authority's board of commissioners.

"We went through the process of selecting and doing the interviews with all of them and then we had a second interview with four of them," said Dupervil, a longtime member of the Norwalk Human Relations Commission. "From the four that were left, we picked Adam, because he had most of the qualifications. He's been with Human Relations for 10 years. He has experience; he has a law degree, which most of them didn't have. We were looking for someone who can understand the law."

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Nancy on NorwalkBovilsky's NHA appointment
By Nancy Chapman - April 27 2018

NORWALK, Conn. – Here's a roundup of noteworthy Norwalk info:

  • Adam Bovilsky picked to lead NHA
  • NHA Board members
  • GGP's $3.5 million fee for SoNo
  • Eversource cutting trees

Bovilsky's 'exciting' appointment

Human Relations & Fair Rent Department Director Adam Bovilsky has been selected by the Norwalk Housing Authority to be NHA's new executive director, Brenda Penn-Williams said Tuesday.

Bovilsky appears set to replace Curtis Law, who announced his retirement last year but was paid to continue on through March 31, interim executive director Thomas Hickey said. Neither Penn-Williams nor Rahoul Dupervil, both NHA Commissioners, would say when Bovilsky will start. Bovilsky on Wednesday declined to comment.

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CHFA LogoCHFA Announces $8.08 Million To Support The Development of Affordable Housing In Four Connecticut Communities
For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018

Funds Support Development of Affordable Housing in East Haven, Hartford, Montville, Norwalk

HARTFORD, CT - The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) today announced the approval of $8.08 million in Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The tax credits will generate $79.9 million in equity from private investors for six proposed affordable multifamily housing developments in four Connecticut communities.

The developments will create 377 rental units: 296 designated as affordable and 81 designated as market rate. The redevelopment of these properties is projected to generate 704 jobs in construction and related fields, $170.2 million in economic activity and $14.6 million in net state revenue.

"Increasing access to affordable housing for the people of Connecticut has been a priority for my administration since day one," Governor Malloy said. "By leveraging federal dollars and partnering with the private sector, we've been able to spur economic growth and development, while making Connecticut a more attractive place to live and work."

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Housing and Urban Development logoResilient Housing and Infrastructure in Norwalk, Connecticut
By HUD - Wednesday, October 2017

2017 Choice Neighborhoods SPOTLIGHT - Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused extensive damage to communities across Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. This damage highlights the importance of designing and building housing that is resilient to natural disasters. South Norwalk, a Choice Neighborhood, had its own experience with 2012's Superstorm Sandy, as well as persistent flooding. As a result, the Choice Neighborhoods Grantee and their partners are incorporating resiliency into their housing and neighborhood efforts.

In 2014, the Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency were awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the neighborhood of South Norwalk. Part of their Transformation Plan is focused on re-designing the Washington Village public housing development and the surrounding neighborhood with resiliency in mind. The eastern portion of the neighborhood is close to the harbor and lies in a 100-year flood plain. This community suffers from persistent, property-damaging flooding.

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The HourDupervil elected to Norwalk Housing Authority board
By Robert Koch - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Photo of Rahoul DupervilNORWALK - Rahoul Dupervil, a leader of the local Haitian-American community and longtime member of the city's Human Relations Commission, has been elected to serve as tenant commissioner on the Norwalk Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Balloting was held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall and the South Norwalk Branch Library with assistance from the Norwalk League of Women Voters. Turnout was low among the roughly 4,000 public-housing authority tenants eligible to vote.

"I want this job because I'm the guy who's really passionate about tenant housing," Dupervil, a resident of the Housing Authority complex at 20 West Ave., said Wednesday. "If there's anything I can do to make the tenants more satisfied of the service that's provided to them, that's what I'm going to be there for."

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The HourCNI Office Flooded
By T. Ivers - Sunday, January 7, 2018

NORWALK — On Sunday morning, January 7th, the coldest day this winter, a pipe froze and burst on the unoccupied fourth floor at 149 Water Street, The NHA Choice Neighborhoods Initiative office. The pipe burst in the early morning hours and water cascaded throughout the building for hours. The Norwalk Fire Department was contacted by a neighbor who noticed water pouring out of the sides of the building. They were able to turn off the water but not before substantial damage was done.

The CNI team has been relocated temporarily to the Smilow Life Center at the corner of Chestnut Street and Merritt Place. Contact phone numbers remain the same for Case Management and NHA staff. It is estimated the repairs will take 2-3 months to complete.

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The HourOpen Door Shelter opens new Smilow Life Center
By R.A. Schuetz - Sunday, November 5, 2017

NORWALK — People milled about before 55 Chestnut St. as the sunlight shining on the new building bounced back at them, bathing their smiles in a radiant glow. The marketing director of the Open Door Shelter, Erin McDonough, carried a ball of red ribbon, and Executive Director Jeannette Archer-Simons greeted board members and politicians.

Six months after construction began, the sparkling new Open Door Shelter facility was complete. Named the Smilow Life Center, the former glue-trap factory had been transformed into 14 apartments for homeless and working poor individuals, two medical respite units, a health center and space for a job training program. People will begin moving in this month.

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