- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Twenty-one Connecticut municipalities are receiving state grants to help improve affordable housing stock.

State officials are awarding nearly $13 million to communities across the state with populations of fewer than 50,000 residents. The money will be used for a variety of projects aimed at developing and preserving affordable housing and helping vulnerable citizens.

Twelve of the 21 grants will be spent on modernizing public housing. For example, the town of Durham will receive a $700,000 grant to replace roofs, windows and doors at the Mauro Meadows Housing Complex.

Seven grants will be used to fund housing rehabilitation programs, like the Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program, which helps low-to-moderate income homeowners in Ellington, Somers, Suffield and Windsor Locks fix up their homes. The program will receive $450,000.

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