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State Invests In Norwalk's Open Door Shelter

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff helped to secure funding for Open Door Shelter's SoNo Life Center.
State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff helped to secure funding for Open Door Shelter's SoNo Life Center. Photo Credit: Daily Voice file

NORWALK, Conn. -- State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) recently hailed the announcement of a new state investment in Norwalk’s Open Door Shelter SoNo Life Center.

The Connecticut Department of Housing will provide up to $1,740,484 to assist in the conversion of an abandoned historic industrial building into a mixed-use community services center providing 16 units of permanent supportive housing, together with a medical clinic and job training center.

“I am proud to support the Open Door Shelter and I was happy to work with them over the last few months to secure this funding,” Duff said. “This funding will help transform what has been a traditional homeless shelter into a place that looks to address the long term needs of their clients and our community.”

Financing for the center was made available under the state’s Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties program.

“Open Door Shelter is honored to be selected for a CHAMP grant allocation,” said Jeannette Archer-Simons, Open Door's executive director. “The funding will provide much needed supportive housing in South Norwalk and help to repurpose a neglected factory building into vibrant use. This grant will be leveraged with other public and private funding to transform this area of South Norwalk.”

The property is located within a short walking distance of several community amenities, including public transit, a post office, medical facilities and shopping.

“Affordable housing is key to creating vibrant communities that attract families, workers, businesses and private investments,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. “Access to housing helps boost competitiveness, attracts business and builds our economy. That’s why our administration has been so committed to making these critical investments.”

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