DANBURY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP
City of Danbury
155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark J. Nolan
February 1, 2010
PARTNERSHIP CHAIR UPDATES AREA LEADERS ON HOUSING PROGRESS
Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J. Nolan updated area municipal leaders at the January 21, 2010 meeting of the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) on progress made to address affordable housing needs and implement the Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness.
Appearing at the invitation of HVCEO, Mr. Nolan outlined the background behind the establishment of the Danbury Housing Partnership which is charged with encouraging the production of affordable housing and implementation of the Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness initiated by Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton. Mr. Nolan stated: “There is a direct correlation between the provision of affordable housing opportunities for the area’s workforce and the economic strength and diversity of the Housatonic region.”
Mr. Nolan indicated that the Partnership works with community partners throughout the region to address affordable housing and issues involving homelessness in a comprehensive and cooperative manner. The Partnership’s efforts are enhanced by participation by a diverse group of contributors representing the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Partnership currently consists of eighteen formal members appointed by the mayor and organized into four standing committees supplemented by community partners who participate on an ad hoc basis to provide expertise on specific issues.
Mr. Nolan noted that the Partnership made great progress in the prior year in addressing housing needs and implementing the Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness in the face of the headwinds of the on-going national economic downturn. Recent successes included the opening of Vet House, providing transitional and permanent housing for homeless veterans. The third annual Project Homeless Connect held on December 11, 2009 was again a great success and for the first time included participation by Western Connecticut State University. Mr. Nolan indicated that the Partnership that he has cultivated with WestConn shows great promise for further collaboration to advance the goals of the Ten-Year Plan.
Mr. Nolan also noted that the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care was recently awarded funding in the amount of $924,500 for a series of initiatives to address homelessness in the region. The award represented a $49,000 increase over the previous year. Mr. Nolan reported that the annual Point-In-Time Count to determine the extent of homelessness in the region would be held on January 27, 2010. Mr. Nolan urged leaders to cooperate with the count as well as to support participation of their communities in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS is a Federally-mandated database system administered in the region by the Dream Homes Community Center. Participation in HMIS is crucial to identifying the extent of housing and homeless needs in the community as well as identifying gaps or duplications in social services provided in the region.
Mr. Nolan encouraged HVCEO members to visit the Partnership’s website at www.danburyhousingpartnership.org to receive the latest information on the Partnership’s activities. Following the meeting, Mr. Nolan commented: “I am encouraged by the interest shown by HVCEO leaders in the efforts of the Partnership to address affordable housing and issues involving homelessness. I am also pleased that HVCEO members will be exploring participation in the State’s Housing Incentive Option program. This may provide area communities the opportunity to provide housing opportunities for their residents in a manner that is consistent with their particular circumstances and planning needs.”
For any questions regarding this press release or for interview opportunities please contact Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255.