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HOUSING GRANT FOR TOLLAND ANNOUNCED Residents can apply for rehab loans through town

State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt along with Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Tolland will receive a federal grant to help continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.

State Representative Bryan Hurlburt, who represents Tolland in the Connecticut General Assembly, along with Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Tolland will receive a federal grant to help continue its Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.

 

A total of $300,000 awarded from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program will provide assistance to low and moderate-income households.

 

The funding, which is administered through Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, will be used to address needed septic system, roofing, plumbing and siding repairs as well as structural deficiencies, replacement windows and insulation.

 

Tolland residents can call 860-871-3648 or visit the town’s Human Services Department online at www.tolland.org/government for more information on the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.

 

“Projects such as this are one of the best ways Connecticut can reinvest in its communities while helping the local economy,” Hurlburt said. “This is also a win for local taxpayers as every dollar that comes back from Washington and the state helps stabilize town property taxes.”

 

31 Connecticut towns have been awarded a total of $11 million through the program, which targets economic development, affordable housing, and other community revitalization projects. 

 

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Emily September 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Wow what incredible timing. Hand outs just before elections. Hmmmmm I wonder what political party would stoop to such a low? Libertarians? Definatley not! Republicans? Well maybe but I dont think so. Democrats? Oh yes that is business as usual. The sad thing is that even in a affluent community like Tolland some one iwll put thier hand out for that money. Send it back to Washington adn lower my taxes by a penny. No-where in the US constitution is there anything about sending federal money to local communitues to replace windows or worn out siding!
Steven Jones September 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Great news for Tolland and the 30 other towns in our state that qualified to improve the lives of working/middle-class families.
Jim G. September 26, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The Constitution is about 7,400 words long counting amendments and define the basic legal and political structure of the country. Arguments that something or another "isn't in the Constitution" make sense only to someone educated entirely by reading bumper stickers.
Emily September 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
This is horrible news. Everyone complains about other Congressmen and Senators who send money to their communities but then they put their hand out and pat the local guy on the back. Stop spending OPM. If you didn't earn it, dont spend it. If you can't afford it, dont buy it.
Emily September 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Jim G. The US constitution was kept short for specific reasons. One being that if it is not enumerated as a power of the federal government it falls to the states. There is nothing bumper stickerish about that. Liberals have a tendency to make light or plain out lie about things they dont agree with. I keep a copy of the US constitution with me at all times and I read through it often. It is the greatest document ever written and did more to bring the people out of poverty and oppression than any other document in history. I feel sad for you and I fear for my children because of your attitude.
Jim G. September 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
The point, Emily, is that the Constitution - and the state constitutions largely derived from it - don't specifically cover anything but the largest issues and bases for laws. Imagining that those 7400 words could be used to govern the country without any derived specifics is somewhere between naive and simplistic. Go ahead, point to where the Constitution says I can't drive 100 MPH down your street. I'll wait. And I have I my copy at hand for reference as well. So yes, grants to towns to improve housing conditions are "in" the Constitutions of both the US and the state... but only through the expansion of the laws and practices derived from it.
Jim G. September 26, 2012 at 03:41 PM
We'll assume you've turned down every federal check you've received for any purpose, quit jobs that were based on federal subsidies and supports, never bought a house or taken any loan that was through a government-backed agency, buy only food that is raised outside subsidized farming.... good for you!
Emily September 26, 2012 at 04:08 PM
You are being silly now. I never said local communities can't establish laws to govern themselves. If you want to Drive 100mph down my street go ahead, it s a dirt road and you will probably loose your suspension. I am talking specifically about the powers given to the federal govenment.
Emily September 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I am 100% sure I could qualify for some of that money. I am also sure I will not be asking for it.
Jim G. September 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
But you're saying, or at least implying, that 7400 words are enough to detail what the federal government can and can't do. And that the state's rights clause means they can't do anything else, including expand those 7400 words into meaningful workaday laws and regulations. I think that interpretation is a tad narrow.
Steven Jones September 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Jim G., there is no point arguing with someone online who has no interest in changing their point of view. Emily doesn't like it, and she'll insist upon stating that 'til the cows come home because it's already been done and she won't directly benefit from it, or doesn't believe the communal benefit this grant provides is in her personal interest. I hope Emily some day gets a sunnier disposition, but considering her regular comments, I won't be waiting. Good day to you both.
Jim G. September 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Steve, you could have just put a period after "online" there. :) :) :) I continue any time I think there might be a misunderstanding; I stop when it becomes evident there's not.

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