New Britain, CT – Dakota Partners announced the receipt of a Homeless Prevention Response Fund (HPRF) grant in the amount of $1.27 million to be used for the 16 units earmarked for formerly homeless residents at Columbus Commons in New Britain and dispersed over the next 10 years.
The grant is being drawn from funds received by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) from the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH). The purpose of the grant is to expand supportive housing opportunities throughout Connecticut by providing financial assistance in the form of a capitalized operating reserve account for operational uses.
With these funds, Dakota will work with the Chrysalis Center, a private, nonprofit third-party service provider to offer counseling and support to these formerly homeless residents to ensure they have the resources they need for future success.
Columbus Commons was completed in 2020 and is comprised of 80 apartment units, 64 of which are affordable units that provide housing for low-income individuals and families. Of those, 48 of the one- and two-bedrooms are workforce units offered at 50-60% AMI; 16 accept 811 vouchers, which only requires the residents to pay 30% of income for rent; and five are exclusively earmarked for homeless individuals or families.
As a real estate developer and builder, Dakota Partners develops affordable, workforce and market-rate housing communities across New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic states. Chrysalis Center helps those living in poverty, veterans, women and children, young adults and individuals who are struggling with mental health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and those returning from incarceration, through job training, housing and other community healthcare services.