This is City-owned blight on Magnolia Street. This should have been an opportunity for affordable housing long ago. We can’t have an administration not taking responsibility for the blight it OWNS. As m
I will assemble a new pool of rehab dollars to tackle the problems that accompany blighted properties. This requires making loans and grant dollars more accessible than they are now. It’s been too difficult to obtain such funds while vacant and abandoned properties slip further into disrepair. It’s disrespectful and a disregard for the people that live in the vicinity. Preference will be given to the most-blighted areas of Hartford’s neighborhoods and 1-2-3 family owner-occupied homes. The program would also enforce an affordability standard for funded units.
Hartford must be willing to pursue alternative housing models that either worked in the past or are brought in from other cities. Limited equity co-ops have been successful and we can determine where they might be used as a means of re-purposing and rehabbing properties for affordable housing, particularly in the North End and Park Street areas.