Category: housing

Progress on Prospect

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By , July 10, 2014 11:19 am

The Front Street Lofts development is starting to take shape. This will provide five stories of apartments, totaling 121 units, and street-level retail space.

A Dozen Hartford Vets to Receive Assistance Fixing Up Properties

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By , June 14, 2014 9:15 am

Later this summer, twelve veterans will receive help from Rebuilding Together Hartford and LSNI to fix up their homes.

According to Steve Frank of Hartford’s Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, there are over 1000 veterans who own homes in Hartford. Fifty of those properties were determined to be eligible for assistance. That means owner-occupied, current on taxes, and there being a need for some fixing of the property.

Three properties in each district will get spruced up, with work beginning in August. About $15,000-20,000 will be spent on each home.

Tax Deed Sale

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By , June 13, 2014 1:10 pm

Got $4000 burning a hole in your wallet?

The City of Hartford is holding a Tax Deed Sale on June 28 in the Bulkeley High Auditorium. Registration is from 8-9:45am; sale begins at 10am. You will need that deposit money in form of cash, cashier’s check, bank treasurer’s check, teller’s check, or certified check at the auction. There are other stipulations, but that, and not owing property tax yourself, are the big ones.

The property owners have been given six months notice before properties placed in auction. Winning bidders will not receive title until six months after purchase, as the owner has opportunity for redemption. Here are the properties:

Tax Deed Sale 6/28/14


If this isn’t the right time for you but you just want to see what the auction process looks like, you can still show up to watch the action.

 

Rising Tide: A Community Bill of Rights

By , April 29, 2014 4:35 pm

Photo by Josh Blanchfield

Decades have passed since neighborhood organizations in Hartford made city leaders nervous. At one time, these once legendary community organizations took over city council meetings, worked to bring better housing conditions to city renters, and held sway over local elections. Now Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), Asylum Hill Organizing Project (AHOP), and ONE/CHANE are long gone or husks of their former self. These once vital groups used classic, Alinsky-style neighborhood organizing to keep City Hall and other Hartford powerbrokers in check. Today we see groups like HART simply cashing checks written by powerbrokers. Community organizing that has been dormant for too long in our city. Now, a new group is rising and working to fill the void.

The John C. Clark School in Hartford’s north end has been the site of many skirmishes in recent months over the direction of school reform in the city. But from these battles a new community organization and coalition of residents and neighborhood leaders has emerged. The group, called Hartford Rising!, has grown into a multi-issue community group that just this past weekend established a Community Bill of Rights to “ensure and protect each and every Hartford citizen’s most basic needs.”

Beginning with a city-wide canvas, Hartford Rising! worked to identify key areas of concern for city residents. With nearly 3,000 doors knocked on, the group was able to Continue reading 'Rising Tide: A Community Bill of Rights'»

Homeless Person’s Memorial Service

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By , December 18, 2013 8:33 am

Center Church will host a memorial service for homeless people in Hartford who have passed over in the last year.

 

The service begins at 11am on December 21st in the church at the corner of Main and Gold. Refreshments will be provided following the 90-minute service.

 

This is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Homeless Human Rights Campaign and Faces of Homelessness.

A Fresh Face

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By , December 4, 2013 11:03 am

The Hartford Restoration Project was launched back in June. Breyonne Golding, Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative’s Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, says the program intends to help “local owner-occupants that need assistance with home improvements.”

The first house that has gotten some TLC is on South Whitney Street in the West End. Continue reading 'A Fresh Face'»

December 2013 Events

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By , November 27, 2013 6:00 am

Chances are your December is already half-filled with obligatory office parties, family engagements, and such, but just in case you have downtime, here are ideas for things you can do in Hartford (mostly) on the cheap (mostly) every day.

December 1

  • The Global Lens Film Series continues this month on Sundays at 2pm. Today’s film: The Parade. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. This will be shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum. It is free, co-sponsored by the Hartford Public Library and Out Film CT.
  • Take a free Intro to Water Color class at StudioN111. First come, first serve — so contact Nina to reserve your space for the 2-3pm class. The studio is located on Pratt Street. Continue reading 'December 2013 Events'»

Walking to End Homelessness

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By , September 22, 2013 6:03 am

People — and a few dogs — gathered at the Riverfront on Saturday morning to raise awareness about and money toward ending homelessness. Continue reading 'Walking to End Homelessness'»

Before and After: Crescent Street Demolitions

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By , June 21, 2013 12:02 pm

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Buildings on Crescent Street were demolished this week to make room for student housing. Crescent Street is located between New Britain Avenue and Broad Street.

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Demolition Planned to Clear Street for New Student Housing

While an apartment building on Putnam Street was demolished after showing signs of impending collapse, multiple buildings with no apparent structural problems are being prepped for demolition a few streets away. Continue reading 'Demolition Planned to Clear Street for New Student Housing'»


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