Waterford selectmen approve application for federal grant

Waterford - The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday approved the town's application for a $400,000 federal grant that will allow elderly and low-income families to make home improvement projects with interest-free loans. The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program allows home improvement repairs such as window, septic and roof replacements as well as ADA certification-type repairs.

First Selectman Daniel Steward said he expects to hear back on the status of the grant in about three to six months.

This is the second year the town has applied for a CDBG grant of this kind. Last September, Preston, Waterford, Old Saybrook and Jewett City received funds from the CDBG program. Preston and Waterford received $300,000 apiece, while Old Saybrook received $471,000 and Jewett City was awarded $445,840.

In Waterford, there are already 60 applicants who have applied for a portion of last year's $300,000, Steward said. However, he said the $300,000 from last year's grant only provides enough money to help 20 elderly or low-income families in town.

There is an active waiting list for residents interested in applying for the grant, which is being managed by Sally Ritchie, the town's director of senior services. For more information, call (860) 444-5839.

- Julianne Hanckel

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