Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
August 19, 2020
MAYOR GANIM, SENATOR BLUMENTHAL ANNOUNCES BRIDGEPORT NEIGHBORHOOD TRUST RECEIVES $20,000 FAIR HOUSING INITIATIVES PROGRAM GRANT AWARD
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Mayor Ganim joined Senator Blumenthal, Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust CEO Noah Gotbaum, and CHRO Executive Director Tanya Hughes to announce that Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust has received a $20,000 grant award from the Housing and Urban Development, Fair Housing Initiatives CARES Act funding program.
Fair Housing Initiative program (FHIP) grants are awarded to fund fair housing organizations and other nonprofits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination.
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT) will utilize the funds to work to address housing discrimination by educating families to achieve self-sufficiency and understand fair housing by providing housing education and outreach during COVID-19 in partnership with organizations such as State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. BNT will also assist residents to prevent eviction as part of the comprehensive plan by Governor Lamont to invest $33 million in state and federal funds to provide emergency assistance to State of Connecticut renters, residential landlords, and homeowners impacted by COVID-19.
Mayor Ganim stated, “Senator Blumenthal and our entire federal delegation has helped to bring sorely needed resources to Bridgeport which are tough to allocate, appropriate, and then land in our neighborhoods to benefit our residents. This announcement reminds us that we are in this together, through difficult times, and will continue to work hard to meet the needs of constituents by great leadership on Federal and local levels.”
Residents in need of help with housing, eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, looking for new homes, and financial counseling, visit http://bntweb.org.