The goal is to encourage home ownership.
New Haven’s Fair Haven Heights neighborhood now has five new, 2-family homes.
On Wednesday, city leaders joined the state’s new housing commissioner to celebrate the project’s completion.
It was a fitting first official event for the commissioner.
Selia Mosquera-Bruno joined Mayor Toni Harp in Fair Haven Heights to celebrate a new five-home affordable housing development.
The city’s livable city initiative developed the homes on vacant city-owned lots.
It was funded with $1.2 million from the state and $1.3 million from the city.
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Families purchase the homes and can rent out one of the units.
Mayor Harp said it’s an effort to increase home ownership and improve city neighborhoods.
Until a month ago, Mosquera-Bruno was a local developer working on affordable housing as the CEO of NeighborWorks New Horizons.
Now, she’s the only Latina in Governor Ned Lamont’s cabinet, but she said that’s far from her focus.
“We all deserve a good place to live a place that is affordable within the means. It’s what I do. It’s my passion. So, I really don’t think about being the Latina there, I think about the work that we need to do,” she said.
The lot where the homes were built have been vacant for 15 years.
City officials said there are similar projects in the works.