With Future Funding in Peril, Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro, Larson, Himes, Esty, Announce $1.5 Million for NeighborWorks Affordable Housing

Trump Budget Would Eliminate All Future NeighborWorks Funding

(Hartford, CT)—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), John Larson (CT-1), Jim Himes (CT-4) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced $1.5 million in federal grants for NeighborWorks affordable housing developments in Connecticut. The major federal award comes as President Donald Trump seeks to eliminate all future funding for NeighborWorks in his federal budget proposal.

Last month, President Trump unveiled a “skinny” budget proposal that would zero funding for the NeighborWorks program. His full budget plan is expected to be released next week.

“This major federal award will provide high quality, affordable housing to families across Connecticut. This is a proud moment for NeighborWorks and the powerful work they do nationwide, but our celebration is dampened today by looming budget threats. President Trump’s budget proposal would completely eliminate all funding for NeighborWorks, one of a number of callous attacks on affordable housing in his shortsighted and deeply flawed plan. Access to safe and affordable housing is so important for Connecticut families and we ought to instead increase our aid to organizations like NeighborWorks.”

The funding breakdown is below:

NeighborWorks Organization Name                                          Grant Award

Housing Development Fund, Inc.                                              $437,000

Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford, Inc.                     $184,500

Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut, Inc.          $105,000

NeighborWorks New Horizons                                                   $214,500

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, Inc.                       $93,000

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc.                       $250,500

Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury, Inc.                        $216,000

NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1978 that supports and enhances a network of nearly 250 local and regional nonprofit partner NeighborWorks organizations that develop local solutions to community development and affordable housing in urban, suburban and rural communities. The program provides NeighborWorks organizations financial and grant support, training, technical assistance, organizational assessments, technology tools and other services.