Pictured: Bob Bantle, son of Lou and Virginia “Gini” Bantle; Debra Wallace Hertz, chair, Liberation Programs; Alan Mathis, president and CEO of Liberation Programs; Evonne M. Klein, commissioner, Connecticut Department of Housing; Jim Bedard, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, UnitedHealthcare Northeast Region; Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia; State Senator Bob Duff; Ross Burkhardt, President & CEO of New Neighborhoods Inc.; U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal; Sean O’Hagan, underwriter, Enterprise Community Investment; and State Representative Chris Perone. Photo Credit Chris Bosch
Norwalk, Conn.—Construction has started on Gini’s House, a $7.2 million affordable supportive housing development in Norwalk, Conn., that will include 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments. New Neighborhoods Inc. is the general co partner and property manager, and Liberation Programs is also co-partner and service provider. Enterprise Builders is the general contractor.
For the community, a four-story former skilled nursing facility will be completely redesigned. New features will include an elevator, new mechanical and electrical systems, a roof replacement, new windows and exterior siding.
Amenities for Gini’s House will include central air conditioning, refrigerators, ranges, furnished units, security cameras, security staffing, and exercise room and a community room with computers and Internet access.
Additionally, the community will feature on-site case management offices and support services for the residents, such as education, job training and employment assistance. There will also be support services for residents with special needs who are formerly homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Through a partnership with Enterprise Community Investment Inc., UnitedHealthcare has committed to provide $5.2 million in Low Income Tax Credit equity for the project. Additional funding partners include the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Liberation Programs, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and GE Capital.
“Gini’s House will help provide affordable housing and critical support services for people with some of the greatest needs in our community,” Ross Burkhardt, president and CEP of New Neighborhoods Inc., says. “We are so grateful for the support from our partners and the community in making this project a reality.”
Gini’s House is named for Virginia Bantle, wife of Lou Bantle, who were both the first to receive Liberation Programs’ Spirit of Hope Award. Construction for Gini’s House is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.