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North Hartford Promise Zone 
January 2017 Newsletter
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John Thomas asks a question at the Albany Avenue Reconstruction Project Open House held at the Artist Collective on January 5th

The North Hartford Promise Zone (NHPZ) is a partnership between the Federal Government, the City of Hartford & local leaders to help build & strengthen the North Hartford community

ALBANY AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

On January 5th, at the Artist Collective, the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) hosted an Albany Avenue Reconstruction Project Open House. Community members were in attendance to receive an overview of the $30M project, which is scheduled to begin in Spring 2017 and commence in Fall 2018.  Debra Goss of CTDOT explained that the contract requires 10,000 hours of On the Job Training (OJT) as well as a percentage of the work completed by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).  CTDOT will hold a job fair in March. For more information about this contact Debra Goss, CTDOT Manager in the Office of Contract Compliance at debra.goss@ct.gov or (860) 594-2169.
 
For information regarding the Albany Avenue Reconstruction Project, please visit the City of Hartford’s website by clicking here 

To check out the recent Hartford Courant article regarding the Albany Avenue Reconstruction Project Open House, click here
 

PROMISE ZONE YES! YOUTH LEADER

Victoria Milledge is currently an active participant in the Blue Hills Civic Association (BHCA) Promise Zone YES! program. Ms. Milledge has participated in several community service projects within the Promise Zone during the past year, which include the Citadel of Love Community Block Party, Break Bread and Build Community Thanksgiving Feast, Supreme Winter Clothing Drive and the Promise Zone Kwanzaa Celebration, where she served as a youth panelist discussing the current conditions in her community. 

Victoria is an accomplished scholar athlete and is currently undefeated in hurdles. She has been offered scholarships by multiple post-secondary institutions including Brown University, Columbia University, Georgetown, and Georgia Tech.  After weighing her options Victoria recently verbally committed to Georgetown University!

Ms. Milledge currently attends Suffield High School and is a High Honors student. Her future goal is to double major in Political Science and Communications “in order to have a voice in the government and be able to better her community as a result.” She would like to minor in African American Studies to “see the past of her people and better understand where she is going as a result.”
 

CONNECTICUT FAIR HOUSING CENTER


Since becoming a Promise Zone community in April 2015, Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC) has received four grants utilizing Promise Zone preference points.  CFHC offers a full range of core fair housing services, performing intakes for victims of lending discrimination, and investigating systemic patterns of race and national origin segregation. In addition, CFHC works to ensure all residents have access to the housing of their choice by (1) Creating resource guides for renters and homebuyers (2) Creating educational materials about fair housing to be shared at schools and a fair housing poster contest (3) Updating and presenting a Fair Housing Tour of Hartford to illuminate historical laws, polices, and decisions that have impacted housing patterns.  See CFHC resources below:
 

Moving Forward Guide 
Click here for access to a comprehensive online tool for Connecticut residents seeking to move to a new rental unit or to learn more about their fair housing rights and other pertinent rights. 
 
Reasonable Accommodation Request Generator
Landlords are legally obligated to provide reasonable accommodations and modifications for residents with disabilities. CFHC offers a free and easy to use tool that can be used by renters to request a reasonable accommodation from their landlord. To learn more please click here.

Report Housing Discrimination
Do you believe you may have been the victim of housing discrimination? File a claim by clicking here.
 
Poster Contest - Deadline March 3rd at 3pm
CFHC is encouraging all middle school and high school students to submit posters centering on the theme of “A LOVING commUNITY". First place gets a $500 cash prize and their poster displayed in the Legislative Office building for two weeks. For more information, click here.

FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Free Snow Removal Services for Seniors & Disabled Residents: 
Hartford Youth Service Corps is available to assist seniors and disabled Hartford homeowners with free snow removal services. To register for snow removal services, please contact Hartford 311.
 
Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Households with an income up to $54,000 qualify for free tax assistance from an IRS certified volunteer. To make an appointment dial 2-1-1 and press 3 or sign up online at www.211ct.org.

If your household income is up to $62,000 you can prepare and file your taxes at MyFreeTaxes.com. Online help is available. For more information about these options click here.
 

NHPZ EVENTS

Upper Albany NRZ Meeting - 2/6/17
@ 5:30 PM
Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue

Clay Arsenal NRZ Meeting - 2/7/17
@ 5:30 PM
Community Health Solutions, 500 Albany Avenue

Urban League of Greater Hartford - 2/9/17
State of Black Hartford: Next Steps 2017

@ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Artist Collective, 1200 Albany Avenue

Northeast NRZ Meeting
No meeting scheduled during the month of February
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